Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gay marriage: one step forward, 3 steps back

Election day was a good day for studying repugnant transactions, that is, transactions that some people want to engage in, but others don't want them to be able to:
Bans in 3 States on Gay Marriage

In Massachusetts, a referendum banned greyhound racing.

In other referenda relating to repugnant transactions, Colorado and South Dakota voters rejected bills banning most abortions, Arkansas voted to prohibit unmarried couples from adopting children, Massachusetts voters decriminalized possession (but not sale) of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, Michigan legalized marijuana for medical uses, voters in the State of Washington legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, and San Franciscans defeated a proposition that would have prevented police from enforcing laws against prostitution.

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