04 December 2014

2014 Midterms: A Complete Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage

Midterm 2014 Elections
During the 4 November midterm elections in the US, both the Democrats and Republicans predicted that it would be a big night for the Grand Old Party (GOP). The polling had indicated that the election – in the Senate and on the state level – was going to go their direction.

Before the day is over, there’s no way to deny that Republicans got everything they wanted and more.

What began as cautious optimism has ended up just about as well as could have ever been expected. Even in races where Republicans didn’t end up with a victory, everyone saw closer races than predicted.

That election night wasn’t about campaigns – it was about a deeply unpopular policy on same sex marriage that President Barrack Obama is trying to forcibly enforce in all states. And it was about negativity and dirty tactics.

One major surprise of the evening was North Carolina going to Thom Tillis when Kay Hagan had been leading in all recent polls. Tillis said during an ambushed interview that he would defend the constitutional amendment against gay marriage because "60 percent of the people of North Carolina" voted for it.

Otherwise, Colorado went to the Republicans faster than predicted and Michelle Nunn’s loss in Georgia was by a far wider margin than previously thought. The same is true of Greg Orman’s loss to Pat Roberts in Kansas where the senator won with a commanding lead.

Roberts publicly declared his continued support for the state constitution’s ban on gay marriage, while Orman has been endorsed by the highly unpopular gay-rights group Equality Kansas.

All in all, the net negative view of same-sex marriage was over 30 points in battleground states. This election represents a complete rejection of the policy, the court’s recent decision scrapping the ban and the gay’s self-serving behavior.

This is true in traditionally Republican states, but crucially in the states where many gay-rights activists thought they have a firm foothold.

To this end, election night’s final result isn’t anything but deeply heartening.