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Hate Lost

Posted by MEC on November 10, 2012

In Maine, Maryland, and Washington state, voters approved ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage.

In Minnesota, voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, although a legal prohibition remains in place.

In Iowa, a state Supreme Court judge who ruled in favor of marriage equality was re-elected in spite of rightwing attacks on him; and Democrats retain control of the Iowa Senate, averting the Republican determination to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Wisconsin voters elected the first openly gay Senator. Her House seat was won by Mark Pocan, who is also gay.

In Troy, Michigan, Teabagger mayor Janice Daniels lost a recall election, in large part because national headlines about her homophobic pronouncements embarrassed the city and alarmed business leaders.

It’s not just homophobia that voters all over the country rejected.

Sexism lost. Republican candidates who asserted that rape isn’t really rape lost their elections. The U.S. Senate will have a record number of female members.

In New Hampshire, the governor and the entire Congressional delegation are all women.

Florida voters rejected an amendment that would have severely restricted abortion rights.

There are still many battles to be fought (and re-fought), but I’m feeling pretty good about the battles we won on November 6.

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4 Responses to “Hate Lost”

  1. Charles II said

    MEC says, ” I’m feeling pretty good about the battles we won on November 6. ”

    Picking the right side of an issue will do that for you. Just as today I’d hate to be a southerner who stood in the schoolhouse door to uphold Jim Crow and have to live with that memory, 50 years from now I’d hate to be a demagogue preaching doubtful interpretations of scripture and crackpot science to uphold misogyny and homophobia.

    We make our own memories. As we get older and our faculties fade, that’s all we have.

  2. jo6pac said

    allen west is gone but still won’t admit his an idiot and there’s mary bono a brainless twit now enjoying the sun in palm springs. There was a few good things that happened this week the best being neo-con betrayus is gone. I’m sure in a short few weeks he’ll be on fuax news with more lies on how the world works. It’s to bad demos don’t have the guts to do the right thing and put him down for life.

    • Charles II said

      It is an irony that Bradley Manning is being tried and David Petraeus is (so far) not, even though the intelligence that might have leaked through Petraeus is infinitely more dangerous than anything Bradley Manning may have leaked.

      • Don’t forget John Kiriakou, a whistleblower like Manning, whose life is similarly destroyed. Saint Petraeus won’t suffer anything remotely similar in terms of punitive action as the right-wingers are already proclaiming him a martyr.

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