Republicans Key to Same Sex Marriage Victories

by Dennis Sanders on December 3, 2012

The state I live in, Minnesota, was one of four states that voted on same sex marriage.  In Maine, Maryland and Washington, the vote was to allow same sex marriage.  In Minnesota it was to prevent a ban on same-sex marriage from being on the Minnesota constitution.  Walter Olson notes that in all four states, Republicans were key in voting for same sex marriage.  Here’s what he said about the Minnesota results:

In Minnesota, where voters were asked to ban same-sex marriage through a state constitutional amendment, precinct returns show that suburban Republicans broke from their party in droves to defeat the ban. According to the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, 47 towns around the Twin Cities area voted for Romney while opposing the measure, known as Amendment One. Exurban Scott County, the state’s fastest growing, narrowly turned down Amendment One, even as it gave Romney a comfortable 56.5 percent of its vote.

To be sure, rural parts of Minnesota saw ticket-splitting the other way, with some Democratic-leaning areas backing the marriage ban. But within commuting distance of the Twin Cities, the defections from the Republican line were deep and unmistakable. Romney won easily in such lakeside Hennepin County towns as Orono, Deephaven and Shorewood. Conventional wisdom would have them voting for the marriage ban as well — but they rejected Amendment One by 60 percent or more, an outcome that suggests a significant change in demographics and attitudes from even a decade ago.

 

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Bruce R. Gilson December 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

Unfortunately, in my own home state, Maryland, the GOP took an official stand against Question 6, the gay-marriage question. But it was hardly unanimous; you might read http://www.huffingtonpost.com/walter-olson/how-republicans-carried-maryland-question-6-to-victory-fresh-evidence_b_2139661.html for the good news there.

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Mike December 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I also read an article in the Wall Street Journal today how David Cameron in England is trying to get same sex marriage passed in Parliament and he’s a Conservative. That’s good news to my ears.

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