Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
Here’s a quick round-up of what happened in some of the notable ballot measures in Tuesday’s elections:
Arizona — Voters approved Proposition 102, amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Arkansas — Voters approved Initiative 1, banning the adoption of children by unmarried couples, including homosexuals.
California — Voters approved Proposition 8, amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Voters rejected Proposition 4, which would have required notification of parents of minor girls at least 48 hours before an abortion is performed.
Colorado — Voters rejected Amendment 48, which would have amended the state constitution to define the term “person” as “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”
Florida — Voters approved Amendment 2, amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Michigan— Voters approved Proposition 2, amending the state constitution to allow embryonic stem-cell research.
South Dakota — Voters rejected Initiative 11, which would have amended the state constitution to ban abortions except in cases of rape, incest and threats to the life and health of the mother.
Washington — Voters approved Initiative 1000, authorizing doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill individuals.
Overall: A good day for defending the institutions of marriage and family, but a bleak day for protecting human life from conception to natural death.
Look for more detailed coverage about the outcome of these ballot measures, and about other key Election Day results, in the Register’s Nov. 16 print issue.
— Tom McFeely