Well. I’m glad that’s finally over. I may have my complaints about Obama, but Romney spent so much time throwing red meat to the lunatics on the far right of his own party that he ended up scaring the crap out of me. And to think, I thought he was one of the more level headed ones during the start of the primaries … but that was before the GOP drafted their platform coming out against contraception, same sex marriage, and a rather unhealthy deference to religious sensibilities at the cost of a woman’s right to access the care she needs.
Now it will just happen on a more state-by-state basis. Speaking of …
In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the nation’s seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
However, in June, Preserve Marriage Washington submitted more than 200,000 signatures to block the law from taking effect and set in motion the creation of Referendum 74.
The bill that Gregoire signed, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239, “would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize or accommodate any marriage ceremony,” according to the state voters guide.
The referendum asks if the bill should be approved or rejected.
In March, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. But just two months later, officials with the Maryland Marriage Alliance — a coalition of groups working to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman — had reportedly collected more than 113,000 signatures from opponents, far exceeding the necessary 56,000 signatures to force the law to a referendum.
Voters a continent apart made history Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine becoming the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote […]
Maine’s referendum on same-sex marriage marked the first time that gay-rights supporters put the issue to a popular vote. They collected enough signatures over the summer to schedule the vote, hoping to reverse the outcome of a 2009 referendum that quashed a gay-marriage law enacted by the Legislature.
In both Maryland and Washington, gay-marriage laws were approved by lawmakers and signed by the governors earlier this year, but opponents gathered enough signatures to challenge the laws.
(I’m writing this the night before, so this might be outdated by the time I wake up. I’m sure you’ll manage.)
Oh, I just saw Mitt’s concession speech … it was pretty good. Gracious, dignified, and respectful. It was followed by the same kind of stuff I remember hearing after the 2008 election: “OMG The GOP is DEAD!! What are they going to do? They’re going to fall apart! They’re lost!! How can they recover?” If recent history is any indicator, they’ll get more isolated and paranoid, hunker down, and end up being even more extreme than they are now. With any luck they’ll simply be voted into irrelevance and a better, more rational center-right party will take its place.
I also heard that Todd Akin – armchair physician who claimed that a woman’s body shuts down to prevent conception after “legitimate” rape – was defeated by incumbent Claire McCaskill. That’s a damned shame.
Meanwhile, in Indiana, Richard Mourdock – who gained fame for saying that rape pregnancies are a gift from God – was defeated by challenger Joe Donnelly. Well, that’s two victories over delusional fanatics … too many remaining to count.
Now, before we get back to the gridlock, I leave you with President Obama slow dancing with Joe Biden:
Oh, what a night.
EDIT: just got word that Minnesota rejected their referendum on a constitutional same sex marriage ban. Good job 🙂
Finally, after so many losses at state ballot boxes around the country, Minnesota has defeated a discriminatory anti-LGBT constitutional marriage amendment. The amendment, called “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman” was defeated by 51.5% voting against, and 47.3% voting in favor. The remaining 1.2% will presumably also be counted as “no” votes, since any vote that is blank is considered a “no” vote.