From an op-ed in the Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel:
While this change in the law could seem abrupt to some Maine voters, it reflects the way people are really living now in cities and towns all over our state. That's why we urge people to vote "no," to allow this reasonable law to go into effect.
..... Limiting marriage to a man and a woman would not make families led by same-sex couples go away. It would just keep them in a legally inferior position that is inconsistent with Maine's tradition of equal protection under the law.
Gay men and women already live together, own property and have children, both biological and adopted. They hold responsible jobs, they volunteer in churches and schools -- they are full members of our communities. The only thing they cannot do is form the legal partnership that gives them the advantages and duties that other couples have when they start families. The same-sex couples are not the only losers. This also puts their children at a disadvantage.
.... A "yes" vote won't make those couples go away. It would only make their lives more difficult.
..... There is virtually no way to surgically carve out and tie together all the rights and responsibilities of marriage in a legal relationship that does what marriage does without calling it marriage......
Families led by same-sex partners are here now. They are part of our communities and they need and deserve the legal protections -- as well as the dignity -- that comes with civil marriage status.
Maine voters should recognize that even if their personal beliefs about marriage haven't changed, reality has. They should accept reality and vote "no" on Question 1.
Alas, the only vote I can cast today is for the token Democrat designated to challenge Bloomberg's multi-million dollar third term juggernaut.
Hat tip to IT over at Friends of Jake.
Most of the newspapers here are saying essentially the same thing, and many Mainers do think it's a justice issue. I voted soon after the polls opened in our small town. In the first ten minutes it looked as though at least 20+ people had voted (there are only 5 booths) and there was a steady influx of people. Now all I can do is wait.
That is encouraging. I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed.
The polling station down the street for me was quiet as a tomb this morning.
The news sounds pretty awful in Virginia --I think we have suffered a full sweep of Republicans to every office in the state. I am so depressed....
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