So as I’m sure most “Alas” readers know by now, the marriage equality movement lost eleven out of eleven ballot measures this election. I’m not surprised; there were only a couple of states where we had any chance of winning, and even they were long shots.
What you may not know is that we won a major victory this election day, as well. Every single Massachusetts legislator who voted against the Massachusetts anti-SSM amendment won re-election.
From Mass Equality‘s press release:
Additionally, there were eight open seats where a pro-equality candidate faced a candidate who supports the discriminatory constitutional amendment. Of these eight open seat elections, six were won by pro-equality candidates.[...]
While no pro-equality incumbent was defeated in last night’s general election, two incumbents who supported the amendment lost their seats to pro-equality challengers in the Democratic Party primary elections.
So, hooray for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts – odds are, it’s here to stay.
And five or ten years from now – when it’s clear that Massachusetts divorce rates (already the lowest in the USA) haven’t skyrocketed, that teachers aren’t being fired for talking about moms and dads, and that children aren’t being taught mechanics of lesbian and gay sex in schools – the fear mongering tactics of the anti-equality forces will start sounding very shallow to more and more Americans.
And that’s when we’ll see many of today’s anti-gay ballot measures undone.