SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; MARIJUANA

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Posted: Nov 07, 2012 12:30 AM
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; MARIJUANA

Maine is the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Washington state is the first to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Voters a continent apart, making history on two divisive social issues.

The outcome in Maine broke a 32-state streak, dating to 1998, with gay marriage rebuffed by every state that voted on it.

Gay marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia — in each case the result of legislation or court orders, not by a vote of the people.

The marijuana measure in Washington sets up a showdown with the federal government.

— David Crary — Twitter http://twitter.com/CraryAP

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