Consider this a continuation of my previous “wrap-up” post as the dust continues to settle. There’s plenty of good and a smidgeon of bad, so hold onto your butts:
The good —
LGBT: Last night was a major win for equality with same-sex marriage passing by popular vote in three states (and a constitutional ban failing in a fourth), the election of the first-ever openly lesbian senator, and the fall of anti-gay candidates everywhere like flies.
New Hampshire: I wonder how many men feel discomfited now that both state senators, both representatives, and the governor are all women?
Florida: The Sunshine State did particularly well, with voters turning down abortion restrictions, killing a ban on Obamacare’s health insurance mandate, and preventing taxpayer money from going to churches and religious schools. Upholding abortion rights, healthcare reform and secularism all in one – not to shabby for a state renowned for its zaniness.
Atheism: While the only openly atheist Congressperson, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), lost his seat after decades of serving the progressive community, candidate Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), rumored to be both an atheist and bisexual, is winning, though her opponent isn’t conceding yet.
Drug Laws: Massachusetts approves medicinal marijuana, though a similar initiative fails in Arkansas.
The bad —
Animal Cruelty: North Dakota rejects harsher penalties for those who “maliciously and intentionally burn, poison, crush, suffocate, impale, drown, blind, skin, beat to death, drag to death, exsanguinate, disembowel, or dismember any living dog, cat or horse”.
(via The Atlantic)
Healthcare Reform: Alabama, Montana, Wyoming and Missouri all take symbolic (ie. mostly futile) stands against Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Secularism: Openly theocratic judge Roy Moore, famous for installing the Ten Commandments in his courthouse, is reinstated as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Climate Change: Various anti-science denialists are retained in Congress.
And finally, worst of all: Measure B passes in California, revealing systemic prejudice against barebackers. (That’s my interpretation and I’m sticking by it.)
So … any bets on how long it’ll take before Republican rage returns to screw everything up again?
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