Voters around the nation considered more than 150 ballot measures, many focused on controversial social issues—abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research, medicinal use of marijuana, and so on.
The economic crisis featured prominently in the final weeks of campaigning, but these social issues were not lost.
Today let’s look at same-sex marriage, a topic we’ve discussed before. (If you care to jump back, here’s a link to a piece I wrote in July about the complexity of the issue.)
On Election Day, voters in three states—California, Florida, and Arizona—considered amending their state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
In California, a majority (52.4%) voted to approve Proposition 8 and ban same-sex marriage, overturning a court ruling that had permitted it. Now, the Golden State’s constitution will be amended to include the statement: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
In Arizona, same-sex marriage was already prohibited. The approval of Proposition 101 (56.4% in favor) now amends the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
In Florida, voters considered the Florida Marriage Amendment. The ballot proposal read, “This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.” Sunshine State voters approved this constitutional amendment by the widest margin of the three states—62.1% in favor.
California, Florida, and Arizona join a growing list of states that have amended their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage.
How do you react to these results?
Is same-sex marriage beyond the pale? What’s your interpretation of what looks like a trend?
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