Barack Obama wasn’t the only big winner on election night.
Women, people from the LGBTQ community and marijuana enthusiasts also finished ahead. I’m sure Republicans everywhere would disagree with me that women won in this election, but bear with me. As an outside observer, it’s sure looking that way. Why, might you ask? Looking at the results of state ballot initiatives had voters making decisions about topics such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Here’s the breakdown:
- Approved in Maryland, Maine and Washington
- In Minnesota voters said no to banning gay marriage
- Florida voted no to banning public funds going towards abortions.
- One loss is in Montana where voters approved a referendum that would require physicians notify a parents at least 48 hours prior to performing an abortion on a girl under 16
While there was no proposed legislation about rape on the ballot, the big question was, “Would people with loony ideas about rape get reelected?” Americans in Missouri and Indiana decided that “legitimate rape” Todd Akin and “a baby conceived from rape is still a gift from God” Richard Murdock deserved the boot. For more on the losses of Team Rape, read a summary over at Jezebel.
- There are now 19 female senators, the highest number ever.
- After electing two women to represent New Hampshire in the House, the state became the first state ever to have an all-female congressional delegation.
Who do you think were the real winners in this week’s election?