|Sent on:||Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:54 AM|
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 was a big day for the country and for secularists in general. President Obama was reelected for a second term. In Florida, Amendment 8, which would have allowed for taxpayer funding of religion was voted down. Same-sex marriage was approved in Maryland and Maine, and possibly Washington state-- the first time same-sex marriage was approved by popular vote. An initiative to ban same-sex marriage was defeated in Minnesota. Sadly, the only open non-theist in Congress, Pete Stark of California lost his bid for reelection. However, Kyrsten Sinema, a non-theist was elected by a narrow margin in to the House in Arizona. Additionally, Tammy Baldwin was elected to the Senate in Wisconsin, she is the first openly gate Senator and does not list a religious affiliation.
The 'Nones' voted for Obama by a margin of 70-26. Obama won more than half of those who seldom or never attend religious services, and a full 70 percent of the religiously unaffiliated, according to CNN's exit polls. According to the Religious Right Exit Polling the religious right represented 27 percent of the electorate on Tuesday, up from 23 percent in the last election cycle. They voted for Romney by a margin of 78-22 and accounted for 80 percent of the increase in Republican votes.