With election 2009, Maine voters faced a similar question that California voters did in 2009 – should gay marriage be repealed? Well, apparently Maine votes and California voters have something in common . . . gay marriage was repealed in Maine. While the supporters of traditional marriage only one by six percent (53 % – YES, 47% – NO), this defeat is very disappointing, but does reflect that the majority is almost in favor of gay marriage. So, the gay movement is making progress if not success.
Now . . . a little rant . . .
I know that there is a lot of people who believe that these referendums are just because it is the will of the people. However, I believe that government’s role is to protect people from the majority. Can you imagine if Abraham Lincoln had put the ending of slavery to a vote? What if the Supreme Court had allowed the integration of schools to be a vote? What if the government had allowed men to decide if women could vote? Oh yes – we would have different laws in different states like we did pre-the 19th amendment? The bottom line is that federal gay marriage is a civil right and it is needed. Varying laws in different states is ridiculous and difficult to govern. Also, separate but equal laws, i.e. domestic partnership, does not work either – MARRIAGE NOW!
One more item of interest that is not surprising – the majority of the repeal gay marriage movement in Maine was funded by churches, most notably The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland . . . so, ask yourself – where is your Sunday offering going the next time you throw some cash in the offering plate?