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.

Marijuana

For all you potheads, Washington (55% vs. 45% with half of the votes counted) and Colorado (55% vs. 45%)) is your new vacation spot of choice.  These states legalized the recreational use of pot (even though it is considered a controlled substance by the federal government, and hence illegal).  Oregon defeated a similar measure (55% vs. 45%).  Arkansas defeated (51% vs. 49%) a ballot initiative to legalize the use of “medical marijuana,” while Massachusetts approved one (63% vs. 37%).  Montana already allowed medical marijuana in certain situations, but put an initiative on the ballot to keep the law the law.  They succeeded with 57% of the vote.

Now I’ll turn my attention to some better news on the moral front.

Abortion

Surprisingly, there were only two ballot initiatives related to abortion this year.  Florida voted down a measure to withhold public funds for abortion with 55% of the vote.  Montana voted to institute a parental notification requirement before minors can obtain abortions (70% vs. 30%).

Death Penalty

Californians voted 53% to 47% to keep the death penalty.

Physician-assisted Suicide

Massachusetts narrowly defeated an initiative to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state (51% vs. 49%). Oregon and Washington are the only states that allow it.

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