Thursday, November 8, 2012
The laws we pass. . .
In Alabama and Wyoming, voters approved measures to amend their state constitution to prohibit people from being compelled to participate in Obamacare. Arkansas and Oregon voted down more liberal marijuana laws.
In Colorado and Washington measures to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate the production, possession and distribution of marijuana for people age 21 and older passed. Medical marijuana was approved in Massachusetts.
Maine repealed a previous state law banning same-sex marriage and Maryland passed laws allowing same sex marriage.
Minnesota became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage though it is still illegal by statute.
Massachusetts narrowly defeated a law legalizing physician assisted suicide.
Among other things, the trend is clearly set toward laws that legalize marriage rules formerly changed by judicial process and the liberalization of laws on marijuana use. Even where more restrictive laws were upheld, the margins were not very high. Another go around and they will probably fall.
I will leave it to others to comment further but the undercurrent of this election reflects a changed electorate and changed values -- ones that are more and more in conflict with orthodox Christianity.