Religious conservatives cheer ballot wins

Some observers find outcomes mixed
Results of off-year state elections this November suggest that reports of the religious right’s demise are greatly exaggerated, but some observers found the movement’s influence on election outcomes rather mixed.

Religious right–backed candidates won Virginia’s top statewide offices by wide margins; an opponent of same-sex marriage won the New Jersey governorship; and Maine voters upended a law, passed earlier this year by legislators, that legalized gay marriage. But simultaneously, Washington state voters approved an “everything-but-marriage” law that offers civil unions—with statewide rights identical to marriage—to same-sex couples.

Voters in the Michigan city of Kala ma zoo overwhelmingly approved an ordinance that would expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to prevent people from being denied employment, housing or public accommodations on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.


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