Maine repeals gay marriage law

By Rachel Armstrong

Obviously, certain parts of the U.S. and the world are more politically progressive and accepting of same-sex marriage. The New England region is one of these, a region that has made remarkable progress in recent years with the gay-rights movement (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut all allow same-sex marriage).

Despite the fact that New England is arguably more accepting of gay marriage than any other region in the country, gay-rights advocates suffered a crushing blow yesterday, November 3rd, when Maine voters surprisingly voted to repeal the state’s new law legalizing gay marriage. With this decision, Maine became the 31st U.S. state to block same-sex marriage through a public referendum.

Executive director of the gay rights group Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, isn’t giving up. Wolfson said that this emphasizes “the fact that we need to continue those conversations and make ourselves visible as families in communities.”

Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative Christian group that opposes same-sex marriage, interpreted the decision differently, saying, “It interrupts the story line that is being manufactured, that suggests the culture has shifted on gay marriage and the fight is over. Maine is one of the most secular states in the nation, it’s socially liberal, they had a three-year head start to build their organization and they outspent us two to one. If they can’t win there, it really does tell you the majority of Americans are not on board with this gay marriage thing.” Can’t you just hear her spitting out those last few words in disgust? As if being gay were a disgusting disease, the desire to marry a same-sex partner a phase that would pass in time? As Feministing’s founder Jessica Valenti says of Gallagher’s quote, “The contempt practically drips from the words {gay marriage thing}.”

What do I have to say about this? Love is love is love. The idea that anyone should be able to tell you who you can and cannot marry (barring an incestual match) is ridiculous.
For more info, check out this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/us/05marriage.html?_r=1&hp.

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