Three states approve gay marriage
Voters have decided a lot more than the presidential and congressional races.
Maine became the first state Tuesday night 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.
Maryland also approved same-sex marriage 52-48 percent, as did Washington state (also 52-48). Minnesotans voted against amending their constitution to place a ban on gay marriage.
Gay marriage is legal in six states and Washington, D.C., but those laws were either enacted by lawmakers or through court rulings. In popular votes, more than 30 states had previously held elections on same-sex marriage, with all losing.
Tammy Baldwin made history Tuesday night in two ways. She became the first openly gay politician, and first Wisconsin woman, elected to the U.S. Senate.
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 and Colorado 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.