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Victory in Maine Would be Monumental, However Close the Vote

Andrew Sullivan is wrong in saying:

“I should say this about Maine. Whoever wins this vote will do so by the slimmest of margins. I don’t think it therefore represents much of a victory for either the pro-gay or anti-gay forces. It represents an essential 50-50 split. Maybe the coming results will alter that. But all we find out from Maine is that this is a very evenly divided state on this subject.”

I couldn’t disagree more. If marriage equality holds in Maine, it will be the first time that voters, faced with a decision about marriage equality only, decided that same-sex couples were entitled to not only the same rights and privileges as they, but to the same dignity and respect, as well. And because this will have been achieved by voters — not by courts, or even by legislatures — the right’s one remaining, populist argument disappears. No longer would they be able to crow that, whenever “the people” get to vote, “traditional marriage” wins.

That’s a huge, perhaps tectonic, shift towards marriage equality.

  1. K.C.
    November 4th, 2009 at 11:49 | #1

    It looks like marriage equality will NOT hold in Maine. And it looks like the margin of defeat is nearly identical to last years defeat in CA (actually slightly worse if the final tally holds).

    CA prop 8:
    The official tally certified Saturday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen has Proposition 8 passing 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent

    Maine Q1 per BDN w/ 95% precincts reporting:
    Yes 292851 52.90%
    No 260691 47.10%

    As a resident of California I lived through prop 22 in 2000, prop 8 last year and now Maine (from afar). I know after some rest I’ll even out and get back to the business of living, but right now I feel very done with the ballot box, and donating, and phone-banking, and talking myself blue in the face, etc. I honestly don’t feel its proper to submit the rights of a minority to a popular vote and I’m not up for any further indignities at this time. I’m sure I’ll come around and get on with it like everyone else, but right now … I don’t know.

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