Besides the races for President, the House and the Senate, there were many other hot topics on ballots across the nation last Tuesday. In a stunning turn-around from previous votes, citizens in Maryland and Maine approved same-sex marriage. Take a look below for a snapshot of same-sex marriage issues that were on state ballots this election cycle:
1. Maine and Maryland – After gay marriage supporters had gone 0-32 in past state votes, citizens in these two states became the first to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot box (in all other states where SSM is legal, it was made legal through the state governments or courts). Obviously, this pleases me greatly, as I hope it pleases all of you! I’ve said this before many times and will say it again here. I don’t care what it’s called (domestic partnerships, civil unions, super happy gay marriage, etc), the only thing I care about is having the same EQUAL LEGAL RIGHTS as everyone else. Our state and national governments should not be in the business of playing favorites when it comes to the legal rights associated with marriage. I really do sense that America, as a nation, is becoming more progressive on social issues. This can only be a good thing!
2. Washington State – It seems that voters in this Pacific coast state have also approved same-sex marriage, although the votes are still being counted. Check back for updates!
3. Minnesota – Although SSM is already illegal in this state, gay rights advocates are still thrilled with the vote that took place there on Tuesday. Conservatives had placed an initiative on the Minnesota ballot that would have amended their state constitution to specifically outlaw gay marriage. Fortunately for everyone, it failed miserably. Gay marriage may still be illegal there, but at least the hate associated with the anti-gay lobby was not enshrined in their state constitution (as dozens of other conservative-leaning states have done in the past decade or so).
All in all, it was a supremely wonderful election day for liberals across the nation. We re-elected Barack Obama, expanded our majority in the U.S. Senate and pushed forward the rights of gays and lesbians to enjoy the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. As TheLeftyWolfe looks ahead to the future, we can only hope that this is just the beginning of many more great things to come.
If you would like to read more about the future of the marriage equality movement in this great nation of ours, just click the following link: http://news.yahoo.com/gay-marriage-backers-end-losing-streak-look-ahead-211907595.html