How Moral Issues Fared in the Election

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Read below and click the play button for a brief look at how key ballot measures across the nation fared in the Nov. 4 election.


Marriage Definition Amendments - Passed
These state measures would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman, effectively putting a halt to legalized same-sex marriage.

California - Voters passed the Proposition 8, 52-47 percent. CBN News has done extensive coverage on the ballot measure.  Read more here.

Arizona - Voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 102, which changes the state's law to say "only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."

Though same-sex marriage is already banned in Arizona, supporters said it gives residents a chance to "choose their definition of marriage instead of legislators or judges."

An amendment similar to Proposition 102 failed in 2006.

Florida - Voters passed by a margin the "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment" by at least 62 percent.  Sixty percent is needed for passage. It was the state's only citizen-sponsored initiative to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Since 2005, Yes2Marriage.org and others behind the amendment rallied to put the initiative up for vote. 

Personhood Amendment - Failed.
In Colorado, pro-lifers fought for the rights of unborn children .

Colorado - Voters shot down Colorado's "Amendment 48" which would be the first legislation in the country to specifically define a person as "any human being from the moment of fertilization."

Supporters in this battleground state argued that such a definition would protect the value of life amid scientific studies that question when life begins. But opponents said the amendment could label abortion and even contraceptives as murder, as well as put an end to in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research.

The measure lost by more than two-thirds of the total vote.

Parental Abortion Notification - Failed.
Across the nation, requiring minors to get permission from their parents before getting an abortion has been an ongoing fight.

California - . Proposition 4, or Sarah's Law, would have required parental notification for abortions involving minors. The proposed Amendment would have changed the state's constitution to prohibit abortions for those under 18 until 48 hours after the doctor notifies an adult family member. Voters narrowly rejected the measure, with 52 percent siding against it.

Abortion Ban - Failed.
This initiative would have banned abortions in most circumstances.

South Dakota - South Dakota voters rejected a less-restrictive ban on abortions, similar to the one shot down in 2006. The ban would have made an exception in pregnancies involving rape, incest, or severe health risks unlike the 2006 initiative which was a total ban.

Current laws in South Dakota already require doctors to warn patients that abortion can lead to increased suicide risk. There is also a mandatory 24-hour waiting period between the time a woman requests an abortion and when the procedure is administered.

Supporters hoped the softer tone of the bill would lead to its approval. They have said they will try again in 2010.

Adoptive Parents Initiative - Passed.
The measure effectively bans gay adoption.

Arkansas - Though specifically aimed at same-sex parenting, the "Proposed Initiative Act No. 1" in Arkansas bans all unmarried couples from adopting and/or becoming foster parents. The initiative applies to cohabitating couples and would also be used in private adoptions. Arkansas voters passed the measure by strong margin Tuesday night.

Several similar initiatives gad been presented in the state but failed to get approval on all levels. Opponents argued that Act 1 puts children at risk. The Arkansas Family Council Action Committee gathered more than 85,000 voter signatures in support of the latest amendment.

Assisted Suicide Amendment - Passed.
The "Death with Dignity Act" aims to legalize assisted suicide.

Washington State - By early Wednesday morning, voters had approved the measure by 58 percent, with 44 percent of the votes in.  The measure allows for doctor assisted suicide, and allows mentally competent but terminally ill adults to receive lethal prescriptions from their doctors.

Opponents said the amendment lacks concern for the suffering and would "allow doctors to order lethal drug overdoses to people with life-limiting illnesses, even if they are depressed."

Until Tuesday, Oregon was the only state with a law in favor of assisted suicide, passed in 1994. Since then, measures have been introduced in 21 states, but none have passed.

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