November 4, 2015

PURITAN NATION:

Liberal causes--from legalized weed to LGBT rights--got crushed in last night's US elections (Heather Timmons, November 04, 2015, Quartz)

While votes are still being counted in some contests, it is hard not to read a pattern in the early results--so-called "liberal" issues appeared to have been crushed in some of the most-watched elections across the country.

In Texas, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that guaranteed equal rights to gay, lesbian, and transgender people--as well as banned discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and 10 other classes already protected by federal law--was struck down, with 61% of voters opposing and 39% in favor, with 95% of votes reported. Opponents of the measure, first passed by the city council in May 2014, said it would allow men dressed as women to enter women's bathrooms.

Ohio's marijuana legalization amendment that would have made recreational, non-criminal use legal was rejected by about 65% of voters. The controversial amendment was considered "deeply flawed" by pro-marijuana activists, because it would have put cultivation of the crop in the hands of a monopoly.

Portland, Maine's proposal to set minimum wage at $15 per hour, twice the state minimum, was rejected by nearly 58% of voters. 

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