California may be best known for its full platters of ballot measures served up every election season, which have in the past tried to push roomier accommodations for chickens and permission to grow pot. But this November, voters in states across the country will be asked to weigh in on initiatives on the ballot that range from the high-profile -- approving gay marriage -- to the plain odd, such as the South Dakota initiative that would make it a felony to harm a cat, dog or horse. Four states -- Maryland, Minnesota, Maine and Washington -- will weigh in on gay marriage in November. Minnesota will ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to prohibit prohibiting same-sex marriage though the state already has a law banning it.
Ballot Initiative of the Day: Will Voters Side with Gay Marriage for the First Time?
LGBT rights in Maine - Wikipedia
Maine voters on Tuesday repealed a state law granting same-sex couples the right to marry, defeating an effort by gay activists who hoped the state would become the first to approve gay marriage at the polls. Nearly 53 percent of voters opted to throw out a same-sex marriage law passed by the state Legislature in May, while 47 percent voted to uphold it, with 87 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning. The vote in Maine was being closely watched by both supporters and opponents of gay marriage across the country one year after voters in the most populous state, California, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Only five states currently allow same-sex marriage. As voters went to the polls on Tuesday, gay marriage advocates were emboldened by what appeared to be higher than expected turnout in Maine. Supporters also hoped money would make a difference in the outcome.
LGBT rights in Maine
Same-sex marriage initiatives have appeared more than 30 times in various elections since , but these victories represent the first time the issue has been approved by the voters. This is a landmark election for marriage equality and we will forever look back at this year as a critical turning point in the movement for full citizenship for LGBT people. Voters in Maine came to the common-sense conclusion that all people deserve the ability to make loving, lifelong commitments through marriage. In Washington, voters passed a referendum to allow same-sex marriage. Christine Gregoire back in February.
It is high time, therefore, to revisit the model that I originally built in , which aims to predict the percentage of the vote that gay marriage-related ballot initiatives will receive. The latter variable technically falls just short of being statistically significant as a predictor of marriage votes but since the relationship between age and views on same-sex marriage is extremely well established, we are on firm ground in including it. Two variables from the original model — the religiosity of the state , and an indicator of whether the measure singled out just marriage or also civil unions — have been retained. I also include a variable for the time trend. But — another new wrinkle — there are two different versions of it.