Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Maine a harsh loss to gay-marriage drive

Well, so much for equal marital rights. The conservative voters of Maine made sure gay marriage wasn't going to take place there.

"The stars seemed aligned for supporters of gay marriage. They had Maine's governor, legislative leaders and major newspapers on their side, plus a huge edge in campaign funding. So losing a landmark referendum was a devastating blow, for activists in Maine and nationwide.

"In an election that had been billed for weeks as too close to call, Maine's often unpredictable voters repealed a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. Gay marriage has now lost in all 31 states in which it has been put to a popular vote — a trend that the gay-rights movement had believed it could end in Maine."

Because God forbid we let just anyone get married these days! Seriously, another state that won't allow gay marriage? I'd like one educated, reasonable reason WHY.

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative group that steered substantial funds to fight gay marriage in both California and Maine, was elated by Tuesday's result, saying it shows that "that even in a New England state, if the voters have a chance to have their say, they're going to protect and defend the commonsense definition of marriage."

That's not what I meant.

I can't believe that some people are so closed minded. I guess if it's something different from their norm, it just can't be right.

Richard Socarides, who was an adviser on gay-rights issues in the Clinton administration, said the loss in Maine should prompt gay-rights leaders to reconsider their state-by-state strategy on marriage and shift instead to lobbying for changes on the federal level that expand recognition of same-sex couples." Actually, I don't agree taking it to the federal level yet. I think you need to work it from the ground up at the state levels like they have been doing. Once a majority of the states allow gay marriage, then I think the federal government will have to take a long, hard look at it.

According to Wikipedia: "New York and the District of Columbia do not grant but recognize legal out-of-state same-sex marriages. In California, same-sex marriage was legal from June to November 2008, after the California Supreme Court held the statutes limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violated the state constitution; but the California electorate then approved a voter initiative that reinstated the ban on same-sex marriage as part of the constitution. Marriages performed during the period remain legally valid."

But this is what I find the saddest: "The movement to obtain marriages rights and benefits for same-sex couples in the United States began in the early 1970s. The issue became prominent in U.S. politics in the 1990s, with New England being the center of same-sex marriage legalization in the United States." SINCE THE 1970s, THIS FIGHT HAS BEEN GOING ON. There have been people in the United States that will never get to have a wedding and call themselves married. That's so wrong. I know that not every moment of a marriage is fabulous and like a Lifetime movie, but when it's good, it's worth it. It's just not fair.

I will always be for gay marriage. I'm no better than anyone else and I got to get married. I have a husband to call my own. Gay couples should have that as well.

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