Wednesday, November 4, 2009
No Gay Marriage in Maine, Alas
I am really upset that Maine did not reject Question 1 and allow marriage for all couples, GLBT or straight. I've shed a few tears this morning in anger and frustration. I've looked up the voting statistics in the various counties and I do believe what people have told me is basically true. There are two Maines. The only two big(ish) cities, Portland and Bangor voted No, while rural Mainers tended to vote Yes. Although the town I live in voted NO, the county did not, although the county vote was nearly 50/50. In addition, the Roman Catholic church still has considerable influence in spite of progressive groups that don't hesitate to question their authority. I am truly sorry for all gay and lesbian Mainers who wanted the choice of marriage for themselves and their families. I am truly sorry that an opportunity was lost to show the rest of the country what "justice for all" really means.