They’ve repealed same-sex marriage in Maine, looks like

Voters in yesterday’s election said no to marriage equality in Maine, effectively vetoing an earlier legislative vote. Maine and California voters have recently voted to overturn marriage equality. The vote brings the number of states to allow same-sex marriage to five — Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Discussing equal rights for homosexuals is always a hard-fought battle. I get that. I swear I do. We had it here, in Connecticut, with our own battle for same-sex marriage (which the state Supreme Court approved, 4-3, last year). But this is not a decision that can be reached while shouting.

For all views, go here. And, as the Religious Tolerance website says, welcome to the conflict. You may not agree with everything you read there, but it’s pretty comprehensive.

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  1. Probably my only comment for the day as I am road-warrioring to ATL…

    This election and the vote in Maine is a lot more complex than any of the talking heads are going to admit. It certainly was here in Virginia…though I told people after he won the primary that Deeds never had a chance. I think a 25% difference demonstrates that. McDonnell also played himself all the way to the center….which based on his known history, is about as far left as Pelosi on the traditional political scale.

    I’m willing to bet that the good people in Maine were not voting against marriage equality in their hearts, but were instead voting against a cultural and political sea change that they feel they have no control over.

    Yesterday’s vote in many ways was about trying to find some way to exercise control over all the change. Further, in Virginia at least, the under-30 vote was nearly absent – only a third of those voting a year ago.

    Fear, uncertainty, and doubt….American as apple pie.

    1. I am going to miss you today, Tod. Safe trip. And I think your comment about change is borderline brilliant. I woke up (WAY too early) today to check the status of some elections I was following yesterday, and was not terribly surprised by Maine, but still. We all want control and we all like to play the fear card with ourselves, even if we only do that occasionally. I was especially interested in NJ and VA. Interesting that in VA the youngsters stayed home. Anywhoo. Thanks.

    2. “I’m willing to bet that the good people in Maine were not voting against marriage equality in their hearts, but were instead voting against a cultural and political sea change that they feel they have no control over. ”

      But — How do they frame this in their own minds? I can’t imagine people so much articulating “I am afraid of change so I will vote against this” as they are possibly convinced by SOMEONE or SOMETHING that this will affect them (or someone they know) personally.

      1. I think it’s a good point. I think there’s a Certain Type for whom change is scary, no matter what, and if their politics run counter to the politics they think rule the day from on high, they’ll slap at anything. There are far more articulate ways to say that, but I can’t think of what they are.

  2. This is so disappointing, but I’m not entirely surprised. It’s so unfair that the rights of a minority are decided by the majority. It’s so wrong. It’s also why it took women until 1920 to finally obtain the right to vote. It’ll take an Amendment at the federal level, I think, to secure marriage equality. Still, I’m bummed about this.

      1. I was hopeful. I thought the voters of Maine would see the injustice of withholding the right to marry. Then last night, I ran into a couple at our voting locationwho I’ve known casually for years. They mentioned that their son is in college in Maine and he had mentioned that he couldn’t wait to get right over to the voting booth yesterday morning. But as we talked, I realized that he might be voting to repeal and was against same-sex marriage. Rather than ask and then get into a useless discussion on the topic with these smiling people, I left realizing that most people don’t agree with me on this topic. So, I woke up not too surprised at the outcome.

        1. And I’m a starry-eyed dreamer. I just assume this is inevitable and every stumble along the way surprises me. I’m not overly proud of my naivete, either.

            1. A little, yeah. And thanks. Hey, are you ready to play soccer yet? How goes the healing?

              1. Ow! No soccer yet. I had PT today and I’m a little sore. Just the thought of soccer is painful. However, I’ve come far since the surgery and things are healing well. Maybe in a few months I’ll be able to give snow soccer a try! Thanks for asking.

                  1. Did you have to bring up that sport? That one put me in a body cast years ago. How about biking or hiking or…tiddly winks?

  3. It is inevitable as children are seeing it as no big deal. My son was in a play with an out gay 17 yr old, and I asked him if he knew how Theo came out. He exclaimed “I don’t care! Its so boring!” (this is also when he came out to me as straight. Heh.) Although my 7 year old has problems with gay marriage. Sigh, a house divided…

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