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Gay Marriage, Recreational Pot, Porn Win

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Voters for the first time approved legal gay marriage in at least two states and voted to legalize recreational pot in Washington and Colorado.

In California, voters rejected an initiative that would have required labeling of most food with genetically engineered ingredients but approved Measure B, legislation to require actors in adult films to use condoms.

The measure, which garnered more than 55 percent support from voters Tuesday, is intended to promote public health and to protect porn actors from sexually transmitted diseases, although opponents said it would force the adult film industry to relocate from the San Fernando Valley.

“The idea of allowing a government employee to come and examine our genitalia while we’re on set is atrocious,” adult film actress Amber Lynn said Sunday at an anti-Measure B rally in North Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Times said the law would be enforced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, voters said no to Proposition 37, which would have made California the first state in the nation to require labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

After a long string of defeats in state referendums, gay marriage initiatives passed in Maryland and Maine, NBC reported. A similar measure was ahead 52 percent to 48 percent in Washington state with about 60 percent of the ballots counted, The Seattle Times reported. If approved, same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses the first week of December.

In Minnesota, a move to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage was voted down, garnering only 48 percent support from voters, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

“Despite the disappointing outcome of this election, we rejoice tonight that marriage is still marriage,” John Heimberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, said in a release.

Since the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized gay marriage there in 2004, five states and the District of Columbia have followed suit, through court decisions or legislative action. Until this year, every move to ban gay marriage passed.

“It’s something that’s going to go down in history as one of the biggest moments for civil rights in this generation,” Kort Haven, 26, told the Times, joining an impromptu celebration in Seattle.

Gov. Martin O’Malley hailed the Maryland vote, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“To Maryland’s children — please know that you and your families matter to the people of our state,” O’Malley said early Wednesday in a statement. “Whether your parents happen to be gay or straight, Democratic, Republican or Independent, your families are equal before the eyes of the law.”

Measures that would allow — and tax — small marijuana purchases for recreational use were on the ballot in three states. They were approved in Colorado and Washington, while voters on the other side of the Columbia River in Oregon rejected the idea, NBC reported.

Medicinal pot appeared to be on the way to victory in Massachusetts and to defeat in Arkansas, NBC said.

In Minnesota, a proposed amendment to the state constitution to require voters to present photo ID appeared to be heading for defeat, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. State Rep. Steve Simon, a Democrat from a Minneapolis suburb, said opinion shifted on the proposal as voters considered the cost and other details.

“It looked like a slam dunk even a month or six weeks ago,” Simon said.

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  • Harold Olsen

    As I’ve said numerous times before, as long as pot is illegal on a federal level, states can pass all the laws legalizing it that they want. It is still illegal. It seems that only the governor of, I think it’s Colorado, grasps that concept. They legalized it in his state and he pointed out that it’s still against federal law so it’s not legal in the state. If these potheads would use their brain instead of killing their brain cells by smoking pot and other crap, they’d first try to get it legal on a federal level and then get state passed. The pot they smoke has made them brain dead.

    • Kinetic1

      Harold,
      I don’t use drugs (unless prescribed) and I don’t drink, but I can’t help but agree that allowing the wholesale use of one while locking people up for the other is foolish. As for your point about those states that pass these laws, explain the same to Iowa, Utah, Louisiana and all the others doing all they can to make abortion illegal in their states. The point is to try and show the feds that they are failing to represent the will of the people.

      • DaveH

        Kinetic,
        If you want people to respect your Freedom, a good place to start would be by respecting theirs. Set an example. You don’t set that example by helping yourselves to other peoples’ money, and Forcing your choices on them.

    • DaveH

      Harold,
      Why do you concern yourself with what people choose to put in their own bodies? If the Conservatives would concentrate on what people do to other people and quit trying to prevent what people do to themselves, their platform would gain a lot more adherents.

      • jopa

        DaveH;Very well said.Why do the Conservatives always want to restrict an Americans freedom of differant choices and then say they want more freedom ?Makes you wonder where they really do stand and for what.No wonder they lose elections when they don’t even know what they want.

  • JON

    Don’t worry about gay marriage. Worry about divorce. That’s breaking families apart.
    People like Kim Kardashian and her 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries (basketball player with the New Jersey Nets) filed for divorce because “it just wasn’t working out”. To me, that is redefining marriage. Not gay people.

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