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Politics | An overview of ­hot-button measures across the nation

Issue: "Bleeding economy," Oct. 18, 2008

Arizona

Proposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment, would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Arkansas

The Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban would prevent unmarried, cohabiting couples (whether heterosexual or homosexual) from adopting or providing foster care to minors.

California

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Proposition 4 would require doctors to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor. Proposition 8 would amend the state constitution to recognize only marriages between one man and one woman.

Colorado

Question 48, the Personhood Amendment, would define "person" as any human being from the moment of fertilization. Amendment 46, the Civil Rights Initiative, seeks to ban affirmative action programs.

Florida

Amendment 2 would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Michigan

Proposal 1, the Coalition for Compassionate Care Initiative, would allow critically ill patients, with doctor approval, to use, possess, and grow their own marijuana for medicinal purposes. Proposal 2, also known as the Stem Cell Initiative, would allow researchers to use donated embryos (left over from fertility clinics) to extract embryonic stem cells.

Missouri

Amendment 1 would make English the official language at all government meetings.

Maryland

The Casino Measure would make Maryland the 38th state to allow slots or casino-style gambling.

Nebraska

The Civil Rights Initiative seeks to ban affirmative action programs.

Nevada

Question 2 would restrict government use of eminent domain to acquire private property for public use. This initiative passed in 2006, but voters must reaffirm in order for it to take effect.

Ohio

Issue 6 would allow the construction of Ohio's first casino. The resort casino would be located near Wilmington.

South Dakota

The Abortion Ban Initiative would prohibit abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the mother's health.

Washington

I-1000, also called the "Death with Dignity" initiative, would legalize assisted suicides for mentally competent, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live.

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