Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Proponents Win 4 Out of 4 Yesterday

In four states yesterday, voters approved of same-sex marriage.  In Washington state (official results), voters passed Referendum Measure 74 by a vote of 51.79% for approval, and 41.21% for rejection. The referendum approved the same-sex marriage law that the legislature passed earlier this year. Seattle Times reports on the measure.

In a Maryland referendum, voters approved (official results) the Civil Marriage Protection Act that had been enacted earlier this year by the state legislature. The vote on the referendum, Question 06, was 51.9% for the law, and 48.1% against the law. Washington Post reports on the vote.

In Maine, with 75% of the precincts reporting, it appears that voters have approved Question 1, authorizing the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The vote so far is 53% in favor and 47% opposed. (Results). Boston Globe reports on the vote.

In Minnesota (official results), voters defeated a state constitutional amendment that would have provided that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota. With almost 99% of the precincts reporting, only 47.65% voted in favor of the amendment. Duluth News Tribune reports on the vote.