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Tuesday's results should put to rest once and for all the myth that anti-gay marriage initiatives exert a significant effect on other political races.

Tuesday's results should put to rest once and for all the myth that anti-gay marriage initiatives exert a significant effect on other political races.

Among the more initially puzzling results to emerge from Tuesday was the case of the anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives. On the one hand, progressives had plenty of reason to be depressed — they passed in all but one state, including moderate swing states, like Wisconsin, where a serious opposition movement had been active. On the other hand, there was the remarkable exception of Arizona, which became the first state in the union to reject an anti-gay marriage referendum. But there’s a larger silver lining to appreciate: the initiatives appeared to have no detrimental electoral effect on Democratic candidates.

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