Election Day 2012

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Obama’s win part of big election setback for social conservatives

WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Barack Obama regained the White House for another four years in an election that proved a convincing setback on moral issues for evangelical Christians and other social conservatives. [QUOTE@left@180="Our nation is in trouble, and we need believers to pray God's will be done in America."
-- SBC President Fred Luter]The country's first African American president turned back the challenge of Republican Mitt Romney Nov. 6 by winning the popular vote and more than 300 electoral votes. The day after the election, Obama led 303-206 in the Electoral College, with Florida still too close to call. The president's popular vote margin stood at 60,097,107 (50 percent) to 57,412,778 (48 percent) for Romney. The election did nothing to change the balance of power in Washington, which has been gripped by a legislative stalemate the last two years. Democrats not only maintained control of the White House, but they slightly strengthened their majority in the Senate. Republicans lost some seats in the House of Representatives but kept their majority. Obama won re-election despite governing to the left on moral issues -- most notably in his unrestricted backing for abortion and its funding, as well as his endorsement of same-sex marriage earlier this year -- and even campaigning explicitly in favor of abortion rights. The Democrats' hold on the Senate -- which will swear in its first openly homosexual member in newly elected Democrat Tammy Baldwin -- appears to assure Congress will take no steps for at least two more years to rein in the president's liberal policies.

Gay marriage gets historic state-level wins

BALTIMORE (BP) -- In an election night that can only be described as historic for gay marriage supporters, voters in two states and potentially a third Nov. 6 embraced marriage redefinition, breaking a streak that had seen them lose in 32 states dating back to 1998.

Recreational marijuana passes in Colo., Wash.

DENVER (BP) -- Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana Nov. 6, while voters in Oregon rejected a similar proposal.

Ark. voters reject medical marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Arkansas voters, by a narrow 51 percent majority, defeated a ballot measure on Election Day that would have made their state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana.

Voters retain death penalty in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) — The death penalty remains on the books in California after residents there defeated an initiative to replace it with life imprisonment without parole. Prop. 34 lost by a margin of nearly 6 percentage points, with 52.8 percent of voters defeating the measure, according to the California Department of State. In the […]

ELECTION WRAP: Assisted suicide loses

BOSTON (BP) — An election night that largely was bleak for social conservatives had a few bright spots, including one in Massachusetts, where voters narrowly rejected a measure that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide. The measure known as Question 2 was defeated 51-49 percent. It would have placed Massachusetts alongside Oregon and Washington state in […]

Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) — Although Mitt Romney lost his presidential bid, Christians should be prepared for higher Mormon visibility and credibility in America, an interfaith witness expert and a seminary professor told Baptist Press. “When Mormon missionaries knock on people’s doors, they will be seen in a more positive light when people know that [Romney] […]

FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from the 2012 election

Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. sees lessons from the 2012 election on such matters as demographic trends and the direction of key moral issues in American culture.

FIRST-PERSON: What should Christians do now?

Ed Stetzer, reflecting on the 2012 presidential elections, comments on such issues as the culture war, the unborn and Mormonism.