ABCNews.com: 53% Vote on Same-sex Marriage in Maine a 'Narrow Victory'

<p>President Barack Obama's 2008 popular vote victory, <a href="http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2008/2008presgeresults.pdf" target="_blank">roughly 53% of the electorate</a>, should be considered &quot;narrow&quot; in retrospect, perhaps.</p><p> After all, ABC News editors consider a similar margin of victory for same-sex marriage opponents in Maine last night to be &quot;narrow.&quot;</p><p>The headline and subheader for Devin Dwyer's November 4 story:</p><!--break--><blockquote>Maine Gay Marriage Law Repealed: Voters Narrowly Approve Measure, Dealing Blow To Same-Sex Couples</blockquote><p>To his credit, Dwyer himself avoided characterizing the 6-point margin of victory as narrow:</p><blockquote>The tide of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples -- which has swept across New England in recent months -- has stopped at Maine. </blockquote><blockquote><p> Voters rejected a state law Tuesday that would have allowed <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=8983302" target="External">same-sex couples</a> to wed. The repeal comes just six months after the measure was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=7509001" target="External">passed by the Maine legislature</a> and signed by the Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. </p><p> Maine would have been the sixth state in the country to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, but instead becomes the 31st state to oppose the unions in a popular vote. </p><p>With 87 percent of precincts reporting as of 2 a.m. today, gay marriage opponents claimed 53 percent of the vote to supporters' 47 percent. </p></blockquote><p>A better headline might have been:</p><blockquote><p>31 for 31: With 53% opposed, Maine becomes latest state to reject gay marriage by voter referendum </p></blockquote><p>Of course that would paint Maine voters as within the national mainstream of opinion of same-sex marriage, while taking away what editors may have intended as a subliminal swipe at what they see as a &quot;narrow&quot;-minded Maine electorate.</p>

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
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