Voters say 'yes' to gay marriage, marijuana

November 7, 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters have decided a lot more than the presidential and congressional races.

Maine is now the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Maine broke a 32-state streak, dating back to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed by every state that voted on it.

Voters in Maryland approved allowing illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges. Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass by popular vote a version of the Dream Act.

Washington state has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. That's a first. But the measure sets up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug.

In Massachusetts, voters approved a measure to allow marijuana use for medical reasons. That's already the law in 17 other states.