One Step Back

No on One Supporters dejection
Friends console one another after learning about the unofficial defeat on Question 1 at election night headquarters in Portland, Maine, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, 2009. Maine voters decided decide to rescind the Legislature's approval of same-sex marriage.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

Thousands of Maine citizens woke up today with less rights than they did when they went to sleep.  The voters of the state approved a measure that took back the right of gay couples to marry that the legislature had passed months ago.  Round we go again…

The ‘For the Children’ ads apparently did the trick, as in California.  The  big story from this will likely be the role played by the Catholic Church in the effort to repeal marriage rights.  The Church was the largest donor to the effort, invoking much controversy when they passed the plate in several weekend services specifically to help run the ads that you see in previous posts.  Again, I have no words.

A group that does have words, however, are the folks at Liberty Counsel, explaining their joy at their “victory” in Maine yesterday.  Does this talk actually appeal to decent human beings?

“There’s good news and bad news here,” said Barber. “The good news is that even in one of the most liberal States in the Union, Maine, the people have once again rejected the ridiculous and oxymoronic notion of ‘same sex marriage.’ The momentum has again shifted – hopefully for good this time – in favor of protecting legitimate marriage.

“A counterfeit is a counterfeit. An orange is an orange no matter how much you want it to be a turnip. This isn’t about ‘marriage.’ It’s about hurting and broken people desperately seeking affirmation of an objectively deviant lifestyle. One that, even in their heart of hearts, they know to be a dead end. As for the militant ‘No on 1’ homosexual activists? I’m reminded of spoiled children dressing up and playing house, refusing to come in when mom calls for dinner”. […]

“This is an historic battle for the minds and souls of our children – for our very culture. The mealy-mouthed approach must end. This is not just about ‘marriage.’ It has everything to do with forced affirmation of homosexuality – under penalty of law.

No Words

The vote for marriage equality in Maine draws near.  Polls show a deadlock, 48% to 48%.  As a refresher, the Maine legislature passed a bill legalizing gay marriage.  The governor signed it, making it law.  Shortly after, a citizen referendum was spearheaded to overturn the legislative decision.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have released two more ads.  I have no words.  Confession: my ability to offer any sort of objective comment on these things has long ago disappeared.  To me, these are hateful, sad displays that will be cringed at years from now.   But that could simply be a product of my clear bias.  Consider for yourself, I suppose…

FYI: Upcoming Marriage Battle in Maine

There is another marriage battle brewing that has yet to be mentioned on this page.

Location: Maine (the state in the northeast corner of the country; most famously known for its rolling trees and as the setting for 98% of horror films).

The gist: Maine became the 5th state to legalize gay marriage when the Governor signed a bill passed by the legislature in mid-May of this year.  Hooray.  But some not so happy folks were able to get a referendum on the Maine ballot for this election cycle which would  eliminate that right for gay couples.  Hmmm.

What’s next: Maine voters will decide on Nov. 3rd whether or not their gay citizens should no longer be allowed to marry.  The same old faces (on both sides of the debate) have been roiling up controversy for the past several months.  By same old faces, I mean the courageous folks who gave us the Prop 8 passage in California.  And round we go again…

What’s interesting: The opponents of gay marriage were so happy with their victory in California, that they decided to copy the exact same ad and run it in Maine.  And so without further ado, from the folks known as “YesonOne,” I give you the award-winning ad from California, now playing on a television near you in Maine: