Just say “yes.” Colorado, with its libertarian leanings, and Washington, with its liberal bent, voted to become the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, defying federal law. More than a decade ago, the two were among the first states to approve marijuana use for medical reasons, which is now allowed in 16 states and the District of Columbia. No word yet on whether federal authorities will sue to block the latest state efforts to decriminalize pot. Washington voters also approved same-sex marriage, along with Maine and Maryland – the first time it was passed at the ballot box. It was a triple victory for gay-rights advocates who’d seen similar efforts voted down 30 times previously. Same-sex couples can now marry in nine states and the District of Columbia, though in 30 state constitutions, marriage remains defined as being between a man and a woman.
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