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Gay rights left on sidelines after election
When pro-life initiatives succeed, it’s usually in spite of being heavily outspent by the opposition. Not so with the traditional-marriage issue, said Connie Mackey, a senior vice president with the conservative Family Research Council.
“The marriage issue was the one area in which we were able to match the kind of money the left puts into these issues,” Mrs. Mackey said. “In California, we were able to match the opposition’s funding almost dollar for dollar. That’s not usually the case with our issues.”
Indeed, the pro-Proposition 8 camp raised $35.8 million, nearly as much as the opposition’s $37.6 million. Such fundraising enabled the Yes on 8 campaign to even the playing field with the more visible, star-studded anti-8 effort.
By comparison, the campaign backing Proposition 4, the parental-notification measure, was outspent by a margin of nearly 3-1.
Conservatives lost another ballot battle in Washington state, where voters approved 58 percent to 44 percent the Death With Dignity Act, a measure allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients commit suicide.
Washington joins Oregon as the only state to approve an assisted-suicide measure. Since 1994, 21 states have introduced similar proposals, but none had passed until this year, according to Christian Broadcasting News.
Supporters of marijuana legalization celebrated a banner year at the ballot box, triumphing in 10 out of 11 state and local contests. The biggest wins were in Massachusetts, where voters agreed to replace jail time for marijuana possession with a $100 fine, and Michigan, which passed a medical-marijuana proposal.
Both measures, which were approved overwhelmingly, benefited from well-organized and well-funded campaigns. In Michigan, for example, the Marijuana Policy Project alone sank more than $1.5 million into Proposal 1, while the opposition raised only about $125,000.
Michigan voters also passed Proposal 2, a measure allowing the use of embryonic stem cells for research, overturning a state law that prohibits the destruction of embryos.
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