While the political world swirls in Obama mania, there hasn’t yet been much media attention upon the outcome of the marriage amendments in Arizona, California, and Florida. Nevertheless it appears that supporters of traditional family values can find reassurance in all of these contests. Here are the results as they currently stand this morning:

Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, points out that this issue of protecting marriage is one that speaks to Republicans and Democrats alike:

This vote, like earlier votes in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Michigan, affirms that when it comes to marriage there is no such thing as a blue state or a red state.  Americans support marriage as the union of husband and wife.

If these results hold steady through final tabulation, that will make a new total of 30 states which have enacted marriage protection amendments. And only 2 states – Connecticut and Massachusetts – continue with SSM, albeit through judicial fiat rather than the will of the people. 

4 Responses to “Early results for marriage amendments in AZ, CA, FL”

  1. on 05 Nov 2008 at 9:52 amCampaignPete

    it is a devastating defeat here in Conn., our loss on Question #1. The Vote YES folks were outgunned and ran a somewhat ineffective campaign.

    The voters in the wealthier small towns opted for NO and, thus, denied themselves a chance for any kind of Home-rule. Their town governments will continue to operate under the thumb of the CT General Assembly.

    Voters in Avon, Canton, Old Lyme, etc. …. they couldn’t fight themselves out of a wet paper bag. They insist on punishing themselves further … so be it.

    Small town CT: wealthy, well-educated. Politically retarded. Yes, Stonington and Salisbury voters are our “special-needs children”.

  2. on 05 Nov 2008 at 12:50 pmCampaignPete

    Prp-family groups had 100,000 people on the streets in California. In Connecticut, we had 53 people on the streets.
    The Indifference Movement is growing stronger every day in Connecticut! Yeah!,0,1545381.story?page=2

    “We thought it would go this way,” Proposition 8 co-chair Frank Schubert said. “We had 100,000 people on the streets today. We had people in every precinct, if not knocking on doors, then phoning voters in every precinct. We canvassed the entire state of California, one on one, asking people face to face how do they feel about this issue.

    “And this is the kind of issue people are very personal and private about, and they don’t like talking to pollsters, they don’t like talking to the media.”

  3. on 06 Nov 2008 at 1:34 amJulie

    As a Californian I thank you for the interest and support in passing proposition 8. I hope and pray that our hard work can show citizens throughout the US it is possible to pass laws protecting marriage. We were told for months that Prop 8 was trailing in the polls and would never pass. They were wrong, average citizens have the power and influence to uphold the principles of democracy! Do not let the few convince you that voting to protect marriage is wrong or impossible. It was a hard fought campaign that required huge sacrifices of time and money. It was well worth it.

  4. on 07 Nov 2008 at 3:02 pmConnecticut Bob

    One could argue that by rejecting the Constitutional convention here in Connecticut by roughly a 60-40 margin, it seems that the voters aren’t too anxious to begin discriminating against marriage equality. The turnout for your rally up in Hartford was somewhat impressive, but other than the people there, it seems that the majority of CT voters have a “live and let live” attitude.

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