Skip to comments.Maryland, Maine back gay marriage in breakthrough votes
Posted on 11/07/2012 7:23:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Gay marriage advocates cheered victories in voter initiatives in Maryland and Maine on Tuesday night and seemed poised to win in two other states. The votes were first setbacks at the ballot box for opponents of same-sex marriage after more than 30 victories.
With 93 percent of the vote counted in Maryland, Ballot Question 6, which legalizes gay marriage in the state, was leading by 52 percent to 48 percent, and supporters were already claiming victory in the heated and expensive battle.
Today the marriage equality map expands to Maryland, giving thousands more loving couples the opportunity to make lifelong commitments through marriage, said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which poured almost $3 million into the Maryland ballot issue.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who pushed for gay marriage, said to Marylands children, please know that you and your families matter to the people of our state. Whether your parents happen to be gay or straight, Democratic, Republican or independent, your families are equal before the eyes of the law.
In Maine, Question 1, which also approves gay marriage, was ahead 52 percent to 48 percent, with 60 percent of the precincts counted.
Maine voters chose freedom over fear, said Shenna Bellows, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
In Minnesota, an amendment to limit marriage to only one man and one woman was in a dead heat: With 53 percent of the votes tallies, 48 percent approved the amendment, 48 percent rejected it and 4 percent left it blank. The amendment must have 50 percent or more affirmative votes to be adopted.
In Washington state, the fourth state with a gay marriage measure on the ballot Tuesday, early returns showed voters approving gay marriage 52 percent to 48 percent . . .
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Sad. We are losing more and more of the culture war battles at this point. The country is changing rapidly - and not for the better. What passes for the American public will soon be largely secular and socialist. This spiral downward is likely to accelerate and will end in complete societal/economic collapse.
Anti-Bucket list: visiting Maryland
And pot — don’t forget weed legalization / decriminalization.
Thanks Tolerance Sucks Rocks.
Is Mary Land like Disney World?
Yep...and it won’t be long. Only eight survived the Great Flood. Eight.
Sad because most of our financail problems are due to our spiritual/moral corruption... Correct the latter and former falls in line..
Their “commitments” will be just as transient as ever. Except now there will be more children involved, and attacks on the Catholic Church will escalate.
the culture battles are waged in the media
the right barely shows up for the fight
This cat is out of the bag. I doubt it takes more than 2 to 3 election cycles to bring this everywhere. The country is abyss bound.
Gay marriage is not winning in the deep South. It will have to be by judicial fiat after all of the other blue and purple states adopt gay marriage.
Is Mary Land like Disney World?
Cancel cable/dish now. Don’t set foot in another movie theater or chain concert hall.
Defund the Left.
And to think this nation was founded by Pilgrims who dedicated it in covenant to God and for the gospel of Jesus Christ only to degenerate into these abominations. I’m only in my mid fifties but destination Heaven is looking better all the time.
Believe me that it’s only a matter of time before the guilt trips kick in. The idea that disagreement hurts is ever-prevalent in this hot button issue.
Second, the whole marriage issue should be more appealing now that the promise is exemption based on not taking government funding.
Third, it simply won’t be the popular way to go. You will be considered weird because your group doesn’t marry same-gender couplings.
As a final note, wired is not bad in today’s world anymore.
Matter of time, I fear. The schools churn out liberals every year and they come across the border everyday. No, last night didn’t leave me very optimistic about our future.
Maine voters chose freedom over fear,
No, they chose sin over righteousness.
The late Spiro Agnew left liberal MD for CA, before it was so liberal, years ago. Maybe MD and CA can have intramural competition on who is the most liberal. But Agnew is not around to break the deadlock. MD people as a whole always disappoint, but I assume there are individual exceptions.
Just what we need, more knee-jerk religious dogma. It is that dogma that cost us the election.
Only to a dogmatic zealot.
So that tiny little colony — Plymouth is all of America now? Not all Americans, nor all conservatives are christians, or even religious for that matter. But then what are facts . . .
You do realize that Agnew was convicted of felonies, yes? Quoting the example of a convict is not the way to convince others of your views.
Without Conservative Christians....The GOP is little more than a decent Third Party.
The GOP Establishment just got a demographic hammering.
Go to school.
I haven’t had cable tv in years (thank you eztv.it)
I go to maybe 2 movies a year
I don’t go to concerts
I have no magazine or newspaper subscriptions (online or otherwise)
I’ve defunded them best I can... short of stop paying taxes
and I shut down my company 2 years ago... so they get MUCH less from me then they use to
Well if Disney World is a place where tourists are randomly assaulted by gangs of thugs, then, yes, Maryland is like Disney World.
You say I should go to school — well, let school begin:
55% of women voted Dems overall
more importantly —
in the 18 to 29 demographic (the future members of any party)
60% voted Dems.
You were correct in one respect, the GOP got a demographic pounding by hanging on to outdated religious dogma.
This is the second thread today where I’ve seen your postings read like liberal baloney.
Lets see... Earlier today you talked about how you don’t care about gay marriage.
You also talked about how you don’t agree with abortion but don’t understand why it is so important to us conservatives to stop it.
Now you are spewing the phrase “religious zealot” on FReeRepublic.
You are posting on a conservative site. You and your liberal views don’t belong here.
Everyone on this thread should look up what you are posting. I thought we had rules against this crap.
“You were correct in one respect, the GOP got a demographic pounding by hanging on to outdated religious dogma.”
Proving you have no idea of which you speak.
Take out the Christian vote and the GOP has no coalition that even has a chance.
Have you ever considered the idea that perhaps those who reject Christ and His teachings about life, marriage and family deserve to live under Democratic economic and security policies? The sad thing is these social libs choose to share and impose their misery on the rest of us who do not reject Christ.
Obviously the problem started with giving women the right to vote.
It's not going to be fixed by going even further in that direction.
Ann Coulter has said she would gladly give up her right to vote if that meant the Dems would never win another election.
A nick name for another homosexual.
Synonym: Alice May; Bess; Bessie; Betty [known SF72]; Blanche; Brenda; Clarisse; Core; Emma; Emmy; Gussie; Maisis; Maria Marjorine; Martha; Mintie; molly Ravonia; Rose [known Southwest, mid 60s]; Sally [mid 60s]
A male homosexual who takes the passive, feminine role.
And yet Big Media's Industrial Complex says that entertainment and news revenue is down because people are stealing the content. People turned off the idiot box and stopped getting the daily birdcage liner because of the poor content.
A big tower of babel poised to collapse.
The deep red states are not going to vote for gay marriage any time in my lifetime, but I think we are going to see a lot more blue and purple states voting for it in the next few years.
The current Supreme Court is not going to hold that gay marriage is a constitutional right, but Obama may get more Supreme Court appointments in the next four years.
More importantly, I think there is a 50-50 chance that even the current Supreme Court would hold that, under the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause, every state must recognize a marriage that was legal in the state where it was entered into.
Ah... well, you learn something new every day. ;-)
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