|Sent on:||Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:19 PM|
Wow- it's becoming clear that this was a great election for social progressives. Amendments in favor of equality for gay Americans pass in 3 states (first time by popular vote), and amendments to ban fail in at least one state (Minnesota). Measures to repeal "Obamacare" and another to grant special privileges to religious groups fail in Florida...
Two states vote to legalize pot for recreational use. Wisconsin voters have elected the nation's first openly gay U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin.
...Who also professes no religion :) Meanwhile, nut Michelle Bachmann narrowly kept her seat, but a good handful of the worst conservative/religious nuts went down in flames- including the "legitimate rape/god's gift" twins, Akin and Mourdock, and the ridiculous Rep. Allen West of Florida.
And all the goofy God talk & posturing didn't seem to have much effect... Anthea Butler of Religion Dispatches writes that "fake God talk doesn't cut it with Americans", but I think maybe it goes beyond. Is the Religious Right truly losing its influence over the American populace in general?