Last night, the use of marijuana was legalized in two states as was gay marriage

Posted on 11/7/2012

Last night was a historic night, not just for the re-election of America's first African-American president, but for several other groundbreaking political developments as well. The Washington Post reports:

Residents in two states voted to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday, while those in two other states voted to legalize gay marriage and a third state elected the first gay U.S. senator.

Maine and Maryland became the first states in which voters approved gay marriage. It had failed previously in 32 states, including Maine as recently as 2009.

In addition, Wisconsin elected the first openly gay U.S. senator in history, with Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s (D) victory over former governor Tommy Thompson (R).

Colorado and Washington state, meanwhile, became the first states to legalize the production, sale and possession of recreational marijuana. Other states have legalized medical marijuana (including Massachusetts on Tuesday).

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