United States

Nov 7, 2012

The other ballots: voters decide on gay marriage, marijuana

It's not just the US president decided today. Voters around the country were asked to consider everything from pot use to gay marriage. Crikey intern Naomi Lim has the latest results.

From legalising pot to cleaning up potty behaviour, voters across America are deciding on a raft of radical social reforms as well as the presidential race for the White House.

Marijuana legalisation, gay marriage and assisted suicide are some of the red-hot issues being decided by voters in 38 states. There are 176 such measures on the ballots, an increase from 159 in 2010.

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5 thoughts on “The other ballots: voters decide on gay marriage, marijuana

  1. Ian

    I couldn’t care less which of the two war mongers won the election but am happy to see that some sensible state ballot initiatives are likely to succeed as noted in this article.

    Anybody know how the California GMO food labeling and the proposal to abolish the death penalty have fared?

    I am also eager to know how the Green Party and other third parties did in the election as I believe unless these alternative voices get a toe hold all will be lost for civilization as we know it. The clock is ticking.

  2. Shaniq'ua Chardonnay

    This aspect of democracy is something I’d like to see Australia doing as well. It’s a good idea.

  3. paddy

    [Washington is likely to become the 33rd state to reject gay marriage in popular votes since 1998.]
    Do you have a link for this outcome?
    I thought it had gone the other way and Washington had endorsed GM.
    According to Wikipedia.
    [Same-sex marriage in Washington state was approved by voters on November 6, 2012 via a referendum, though election results have yet to be officially certified.]

  4. Stevo the Working Twistie

    CA have voted to keep the death penalty, but have also voted to restrict the “three strikes” law to violent and serious offenders. Half a win.

  5. Ian


    It was called Prop 37 and I’ve just looked it up and sadly Monsanto and other big business interests (eg Coke & Pepsi I think) defeated the proposal. It makes me sick.

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