Passed on the ballot in several U.S. states: legalize gay marriage, marijuana, abortion

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

California, United States (4E) – U.S. states have voted to legalize gay marriage, marijuana and abortions as Americans re-elected Democratic President Barack Obama for another four years.

The legalization was approved through 170 ballot initiatives and referendums held across the country. Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized marijuana and approved it for recreational and medicinal purposes.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said, “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug.” Colorado voted 54% in favor of Marijuana, an appetite stimulator, Washington for 55% and Oregon for 44%. On the same-sex marriage issue, three states, including Maine, voted to legalize it. Maine voted 53% in favor, while 47% against it, paving way to legalize the same-sex marriage in the state.

The country’s constitution does no recognize same-sex marriage. However, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia have already legalized it. Thirty-one states still ban it.

Partial results showed that Florida voted 55% against use of public funds for abortion or insurance coverage for the service and 45% in favor. Republicans have always fiercely opposed the abortions in the country. Meanwhile, California favored death penalty and rejected a move to enforce food companies to label genetically-modified (GM) foodstuffs.

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