Arkansas Act 1
Arkansas voters passed Initiative Act 1 with 57% of the vote yesterday. The measure bans unmarried couples in that state from adopting or foster parenting. It doesn't affect single parents' ability to parent.
This is the most ridiculous ballot initiative I've seen in a while. The state of Arkansas has 3700 children in the foster care system and only 1000 available homes. One would think that the last thing that state would want to do would be to significantly reduce the number of foster parents, but there they went.
I realize that many social workers, faced with an even greater shortage of homes, will just start treating unmarried couples as single people. But the fact that there would even be people in the state so motivated by the Arkansas Supreme Court's decision in 2006, which lifted the ban on gay foster parenting, that they'd sacrifice children's well-being, is disgusting. I hope the Arkansans who voted for this come off their high this week, look at what they did, and are ashamed of themselves. Because there's nothing for them to be proud of here.
Arizona Proposition 102
Arizona's queer activists beat this one back in 2006, but some dirty tricks put it back on the ballot and lots of money got it through. It passed with 56% of the vote.
While our money and attention was diverted to the west, in California, the evangelicals and Mormons were able to focus on both battles at the same time. I guess that comes with the territory of being a, you know, actually oppressed minority, not a pretend one like how the Yes campaigns in both states like to portray themselves.
This one is annoying, because it probably could have been won if it weren't for the pushed fight in California diverting resources away. The No campaign made what they had work well, but the cards were stacked against them.
Florida Amendment 2
This one passed with 62 percent of the vote. I was more hopeful here because 60% was required to pass it, and LGBT activists were doing good work in that state.
I'm sure Waymon will have more to say about this one tomorrow.
Connecticut Question 1
The good news of the night - Connecticut defeated Question 1 to have a constitutional convention, 40-60. This was funded mainly by the Connecticut Catholic Conference and the Family Institute of Connecticut after the Connecticut Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.
Since the question can only be put on the ballot once every 20 years, and since, if a constitutional convention happened there, the road to banning same-sex marriage through a ballot initiative would take at least 2 years, same-sex marriage will be happening in Connecticut for at least 22 years now.
California Proposition 8
Results aren't completely in. With 79% of precincts reporting, it's up 52-48. But I'm not going to stay up for all the results because it's crazy late.
And I almost forgot because it wasn't statewide....
King County Charter Change Amendment 2
This passed with 71% of the vote, and it prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and disability in King County, Washington, which includes Seattle.