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Maine voters legalize gay marriage

posted at 12:17 am on November 7, 2012 by

Other states have done it, but only through the legislature or the courts. This is the first time it’s happened by popular vote, with an actual majority approving.

Back in May, after Obama finally “evolved” on this issue, I theorized on why so many polls show majorities supporting SSM even though so many state ballot initiatives have failed. Read on.

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So did Maryland and Washington voters, by the looks of it. It also looks like the same-sex marriage ban in Minnesota is going down.

Armin Tamzarian on November 7, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Looks like Washington and Maine are leaning that way too. Hopefully the GOP wakes up on this issue. My guess is they will and “traditional marriage” won’t be a part of the 2016 platform.

SDnocoen on November 7, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Marriage: As worthless and meaningless an event that there ever will have been. Men marrying men and women marrying women. It doesn’t further civilization, but do whatever you want in this day and age.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Obama, marijuana and gay marriage. Guess America is responding to the economy by wanting one final party before the full debt-induced collapse.

TheDriver on November 7, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I think it’s a dumb idea, but as long as the voters did it there’s not much left to say. Liberals have pretty much destroyed marriage as a positive force in society (it joins many other previously-essential social institutions that met a similar fate), might as well go all-in.

Next up: Polygamy. There’s no longer an argument left standing against it now that you’ve already torched all your rational bulwarks to get to this point.

Socratease on November 7, 2012 at 12:42 AM

That’s what they thought before in Maine. Only 57% is in. Don’t be surprised if it flips.

Rocks on November 7, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Guys keep checking the totals. Maine and Washington are closing rand Yes in Minnesota just took the lead. The only place looking sure to redefine marriage right now is Maryland.

Rocks on November 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM

only 7 comments? fine, I’ll say it; The demographics have turned, It’s time to let people live their lives the way they want.

rndmusrnm on November 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Marriage: As worthless and meaningless an event that there ever will have been. Men marrying men and women marrying women. It doesn’t further civilization, but do whatever you want in this day and age.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Above: as stupid and senseless a comment as has ever been.

Marriage is extremely good for civilization.

Homosexuality is an unhealthy and often dangerous lifestyle.

itsnotaboutme on November 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Well it appears that in addition to Maine approving gay marriage, Maryland and Washington also approved gay marriage. As a gay Republican I am happy about this, but I do fear four more years of Obama in office. Obama is going to ruin the economy, increase federal spending and weaken our military.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I think most of us around HA are going to be in sour moods this morning after the election results showed Obama stole the election (see how stoopit that sounds, libs?) but:

Guys keep checking the totals. Maine and Washington are closing rand Yes in Minnesota just took the lead. The only place looking sure to redefine marriage right now is Maryland.

Rocks on November 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM

emphasis mine

Marriage has been “redefined” numerous times throughout humanity’s existence. Going back in time, at what point would you stop and say “OK, stop right here”? And no one is forcing anyone else to redefine marriage or anything else. You, me, and anyone else can see marriage as whatever we want to.

As always, if you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get one. But don’t tell two others they can’t, simply because it might tarnish your Norman Rockwell vision of a happy couple with rosey-cheeked kids eating a huge turkey dinner.

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The four times victory for gay marriage is only one part of my consolation in this horrible election. The other part is that the Democratic president won election just about solely on a positive agenda of abortion rights (the war on women rhetoric).
But on the other hand, I see us as so screwed in future elections. Abortion motivates some percentage of GOP voters, but turns off so many other people. I don’t know how to get the GOP to a platform for victory. At the very least, let’s try to avoid the Akin/Mourdock talk in the future. They didn’t merely lose the Senate to the Dems. They may have lost the Presidency.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Marriage is extremely good for civilization.

Homosexuality is an unhealthy and often dangerous lifestyle.

itsnotaboutme on November 7, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Hetero marriage gave us Honey Boo Boo…one giant leap for civilization there.

By the way…gay is not a “lifestyle” any more than “straight” is.

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I was thinking some more about how the GOP can in the future. The one good idea I see is if the Supreme Court will just declare same-sex marriage, so we don’t get burdened having to defend an unpopular side. Yes, I already support same-sex marriage, but we just need to avoid being on the losing side of this issue. It’s not my support of same-sex marriage motivating me to say this.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Well it appears that in addition to Maine approving gay marriage, Maryland and Washington also approved gay marriage. As a gay Republican I am happy about this, but I do fear four more years of Obama in office. Obama is going to ruin the economy, increase federal spending and weaken our military.

Well, at least the GOP held the House. Now we need to hammer our Representatives without mercy and tell them: BOEHNER NEEDS TO GO. He’s proven himself to be a sorry excuse for a leader, more concerned with highway bills than keeping spending under control. We need a Speaker who doesn’t fear a government shutdown and would gladly be a thorn in Obama’s side.

TMOverbeck on November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Next up: Polygamy. There’s no longer an argument left standing against it now that you’ve already torched all your rational bulwarks to get to this point.

Socratease on November 7, 2012 at 12:42 AM

That’s not where it will stop. Nor is it what they really care about. The end goal here is legitimizing PEDOPHILIA and after yesterday I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t press on at full speed.

joe_doufu on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

doufu: Um, because minors can’t enter into contracts?

TMOverbeck on November 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

That’s not where it will stop. Nor is it what they really care about. The end goal here is legitimizing PEDOPHILIA and after yesterday I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t press on at full speed. – joe_doufu on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Apparently the idiots are still posting stuff like this./s

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Next up: Polygamy. There’s no longer an argument left standing against it now that you’ve already torched all your rational bulwarks to get to this point.

Socratease on November 7, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Straw. Man.

By that philosophy, straight marriage is responsible for gay marriage.

That’s not where it will stop. Nor is it what they really care about. The end goal here is legitimizing PEDOPHILIA and after yesterday I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t press on at full speed.

joe_doufu on November 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I’m at a loss for words here…and that doesn’t happen very often. That a whole other level of stoopit right there.

JetBoy on November 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM