2012-NOV: Accelerating steps toward
marriage (SSM) etc.
Part 4: Other election-related matters: Senators
elected. A justice retained. Universal suffrage.
We use the acronym "SSM" throughout this section to represent "same-sex marriage"
We use the acronym "LGBT" to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. The acronym "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
See also the previous essay describing events during 2012-NOV, Part 3
Other election-related matters on 2012-NOV-06:
President Obama (D) won his second term with 303 electoral college votes compared with Governor Romney's 206. 271 out of 540 votes were needed to win. President Obama also won the popular vote 50.4% to 48.0%. As one political commentator said, the Republican Party is simply running out of angry, white, males. With Protestants having recently become a minority across the U.S.; older teens and young adults abandoning evangelical Christianity in droves; women, African Americans, and persons of Hispanic, and Asian origin solidly supporting the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is going to have to drastically reorganize itself in order to survive.
Some developments affecting individuals:
Two interesting ways to wrap up the election campaign:
President Obama thanked his campaign staff in his Chicago headquarters on the day after the election. He became emotional and had to wipe away tears as he said that he was very proud of the work that they had accomplished, and that he was certain that each of them would go on in their careers to have many great accomplishments. 8
During Governor Romney's concession speech late on election day, he also thanked his campaign staff. According to Garrett Haake of NBC News:
"From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.
Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked." 9
The importance of whom is allowed to vote:
A sobering thought: What the 2012 election would have looked like without universal suffrage as guaranteed by the 15th Amendment. In 1850, only white males could vote:
I wonder how many people long for "the good old days."
Webmaster's comments about the future:
I also wonder if, when the smoke clears, the U.S. will have three main political parties; the Tea Party, the Republican Party reorganized as a somewhat right of center party, and a more liberal-leaning Democratic Party. That would produce three reasonably homogeneous political parties. It would really shake things up and provide the voters with real choices.
These information sources were used to prepare & update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- David Badash, "Attempt To Ban Gay Marriage In Minnesota Constitution Fails," The New Civil Rights Movement, 2012-NOV-07, at: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/
- "Maine Same-Sex Marriage Question, Question 1 (2012)," Ballotpedia, as on 2012-NOV-08, PM, at: http://ballotpedia.org/
- "Results for Constitutional Amendments," Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 2012-NOV-09, at: http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/
- Don Davis, "Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment," Duluth News Tribune, 2012-NOV-08, at: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/
- Lila Shapiro, "Gay Marriage Victory In Maine, Maryland; Minnesota Votes Down 'Traditional' Amendment," Huffington Post, 2012-NOV-07, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
- "National Organization for Marriage: We Are Not Defeated in Our Fight for Traditional Marriage." National Organization for Marriage, 2012-NOV-07, at: http://www.nomblog.com/
- Edith Honan, "Maryland, Maine, Washington approve gay marriage," Reuters, 2012-NOV-07, at: http://www.reuters.com/
- "Obama cries in campaign staff thanks video," Sky.com, 2012-NOV-09, at: http://news.sky.com/
- Cava Sieckowski, "Mitt Romney Campaign Aides Had Credit Cards Canceled Late On Election Night," Huffington Post, 2012-NOV-09, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
- "What The 2012 Election Would Have Looked Like Without Universal Suffrage," BuzzFeed Politics, 2012-NOV-09, at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/
- Ryan Foley, "Gay marriage likely sticking around in Iowa after votes on state senate, justice retention," Associated Press, 2012-NOV-07, at: http://www.therepublic.com/
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Copyright © 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2012-NOV-07
Latest update: 2012-NOV-12
Author: B.A. Robinson