Elections tell you a lot about the worldview of Americans. Last night’s election is no exception. It reveals a lot about our moral views. This election reveals that our nation has become very accepting of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, as well as smoking pot.
Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage
Wisconsin elected the first openly gay U.S. Senator. Maine (53% vs. 47%) and Maryland (52% vs. 48%) voted to support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Maryland voters merely confirmed their support of a law allowing same-sex marriage that was recently signed into law by the governor. Maine chimed in on this same issue in 2009 after their legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, and they rejected same-sex marriage with 53% of the vote. Look how quickly public opinion is shifting!
The significance of what happened in Maine and Maryland cannot be underestimated. This is the first time in history that same-sex marriage has been approved by the people of a state as opposed to the courts or legislature.
Washington also had an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage (same-sex marriage was already legal in all but name). Only half of the votes have been counted thus far, but at present 52% have voted in favor of same-sex marriage, and thus it is likely to become legal there as well. If so, nine states will have laws allowing same-sex marriage.
Minnesota tried to change their constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman, but the initiative was defeated 51% to 48%. The measure’s defeat, however, does not mean that same-sex marriage is legal. It’s just not on the books as being illegal.
On the international front, France is now in the process of trying to legalize same-sex marriage there. If it passes, they will become the 12th country in the world where same-sex couples can marry. And yesterday, Spain’s high court upheld a 2005 law that legalized same-sex marriage.