Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Maine: the way life should be! Unless you're gay.

As you've probably heard by now, civil rights were put on the ballot here in Maine for yesterday's election, and 53% of Mainers chose to repeal the law recognizing same-sex marriage that Governor Baldacci just signed in May.

a) The public should not be allowed to vote on civil rights. There is too much prejudice, and not enough education.

b) I have not heard a single argument against same-sex marriage that is logical. The campaign against marriage equality was won because of LIES, fear, religion, ignorance, homophobia and so-called "tradition."

c) I'm embarrassed and ashamed of 53% of my state right now. I know full well that Mainers are not generally seen as wordly, open-minded, educated people who accept and welcome diversity. Maine was set to shatter these stereotypes and make an example for other states to stop deciding what a family is in the eyes of the law. Today, we are still toothless lobster-cracking moose-hunting cousin-marrying banjo-pluckers. Ayuh!

d) This IS NOT OVER. Discrimination has to end, and it will end.

I have a lot more to say about this. I am disappointed, I am sad and I am on fire. So, right now I'm going to cool down and spend some time with my two-year-old son, who has more compassion and logic in the bottom half of his right leg than what a little more than half of the state has in their whole bodies.


Jes said...

I have a question, was that law also making it so if a pastor who thought it was wrong for gays to marry was asked to preform a marriage he could be sued if he said no?

That Nora Girl said...

Jes, I tried to find a link for you but I couldn't find anything after searching a few times that answered your question. However, I can tell you that during the marriage equality debate that was televised the week before the election, it was made clear that no church would be required to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Just as clergy can deny a ceremony to a couple who lives together before they are married, or who belong to different religions, they don't HAVE to marry any couple, not even gays.