Same-sex marriage was not specifically on any ballot in the November 2nd election, but it nevertheless was a big loser. The voters in Iowa bounced off the bench three of the state supreme court judges who had ruled same-sex marriage constitutional, overriding the wishes of the Iowa people and the law passed by the Iowa Legislature. Republicans took over the Iowa House of Representatives and made significant gains in the Iowa Senate. That raises the possibility that the Iowa legislature will put a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot, which has been blocked for years by the Democrats.
In New Hampshire, Republicans won tremendous majorities in both Houses of the State Legislature. They may now be able to put a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot and even reverse the same-sex marriage law that the Legislature passed when the Democrats were in control. In Maine, a Republican who opposes same-sex marriage was elected as Governor to succeed the Democrat who signed a gay marriage law. And Republicans took over both Houses of the Maine State Legislature for the first time since the 1970s.
In Minnesota, Republicans won both Houses of the State Legislature for the first time in 38 years. That probably dashes hope by homosexual groups to pass a same-sex marriage law and maybe sets the stage for putting a marriage amendment on the ballot. In North Carolina, Republicans took control of both Houses of the State Legislature for the first time since 1898. This new crowd may allow a vote on a constitutional marriage amendment, previously blocked by the Democrats. In Pennsylvania, Republicans took control of the House and increased their grip in the Senate, possibly giving hope for a marriage amendment.
The gay marriage movement has been telling us that their final victory is inevitable. The 2010 elections proved that is not true.
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