posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 07:46 AM
Originally posted by Trustfund
CNN) -- In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America's shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died
at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states.
Rarely do popular votes reflect such dramatic social changes.
The result: Maryland and Maine will now allow couples like Chyrino Patane and James Trinidad to tie the knot.
The Maryland couple has been together for seven years, and now, after the historic vote, they plan to marry in the next six months to a year.
In Maryland, where just 51.9% of voters approved gay marriage rights, "It was a little bit pins and needles," said Human Rights Campaign's Kevin
Nix. "It was going to be a close call all along."
A similar ballot measure in Washington state is pending. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage.
Pollsters got a hint of the coming change. Recent national surveys have shown shifting attitudes toward same-sex marriage, with a majority of
Americans now approving of marriages between two men or two women. A June CNN/ORC poll, for example, reflected such a shift in opinion in the U.S.
Election Day brought two additional gains for proponents of same-sex marriage: Wisconsin elected America's first openly lesbian senator, Democrat
Tammy Baldwin, and President Obama became the first president to openly support same-sex marriage and get re-elected.
In the six states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York -- and the District of Columbia where gays and lesbians
have previously won marriage rights, it was because of actions taken by judges or legislators, not voters.
So much societal progression this election, it is a good sign.. The legalization of MJ in two states, Same sex marriage winning popular votes, and a
record amount of women elected to the Senate.
Social conservatism is dead.
This is wonderful news and a huge victory for civil right and civil liberties in the United States!
This is also a great victory which means a huge defeat for discrimination here at home!
While I am sad that a similarly strategic prop 8 succeeded in California which was to ban an already approved same sex marriage!!!
But what really bugs me and irks me deep down and down right pisses me off is that in a state where minorities collectively are almost if not are the
majority, CA voters passed Prop 8!!!
This tells me that Hispanics/Latinos and Blacks and Asians, after facing and being forced to swallow discrimination for decades, given their first
opportunity to show they side with equality and civil rights, these sick bastards turn right around and discriminate against gay people!!!!!
As a Hispanic who has faced discrimination, it made me sick to my stomach and disgusted me when my own brother who looks 100% Hispanic and has faced
more discrimination than me (I look white and rarely am asked if I am even mixed) went ahead and voted Yes on 8!!!!!
I couldn't even look at him for a month and kept calling him a "wetback and slick" for that whole month to remind him of all the times he was
called those names as we grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood is the early 1980's... (No offense intended, just said that to prove a point)