Why thumbs up on gay marriage bans—and down on abortion bans?


V
oters banned same sex-marriage but upheld abortion rights. Voters in three states—Florida, California, and Arizona—approved state constitutional amendments that banned same-sex marriage, as I discussed yesterday on OurValues.org.
   But voters who considered variations of abortion bans roundly rejected them. Californian voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage, but they rejected “Sarah’s Law”—a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited abortion for minors without parental notification.
   South Dakota voters rejected Initiated Measure 11, which would have banned “all abortions in the state except for those performed because of rape, incest or to protect the woman’s health.”
   Colorado voters rejected by a huge margin (73% against) the Colorado Equal Rights Amendment, which defined a “person” to be “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”
   In two states, Montana and Missouri, abortion-related measures failed due to lack of interest. In Montana, the Right to Life Initiative, also called CI-100 and the “Montana Personhood Amendment”, didn’t get enough signatures to be included on the ballot. In Missouri, the Prevention of Coerced and Unsafe Abortion Act, also didn’t get enough signatures.
   I’m confused. Homosexuality and abortion have been the hot-button issues in culture war debates. Attitudes about these issues usually go hand in hand: If you’re against one, you’re against the other. These issues are linked no longer, it seems.

   Is this true for you? Is it true for people in your area? How do you make sense of the prevalent anti-gay-marriage sentiment, coupled with decidedly pro-choice attitudes?

   (The cartoon above is showing up widely across the internet these days as a reflection on pro-life voters. Obviously, it’s satire. But what do you think of the prevalence of this kind of image?)

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