The Marriage Vote in Maine

Maine voters rejected the legislature’s attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.  In very single state where the question has been put to the voters directly, the people have rejected same-sex marriage.  The 5 states that allow same-sex marriage have done so by judicial mandate or  legislative action.  30 states have passed constitution bans on same-sex marriage.

In my home state of California, Propositions 22 and 8 both stated “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”  Proposition 22 passed in 2000 and Proposition 8 passed in 2008.  Proposition 8 was particularly divisive.  The No on 8 side has even identified Yes on 8 donors by name and address.  And the divisiveness will return.  The constitutionality of Prop 8 is being decided by the state supreme court.  The question will also once again be placed on the California ballot.

One of the most troubling issues in the same-sex marriage debate is the name-calling and lack of civility, mostly directed from the pro-same-sex marriage side toward those who oppose same-sex marriage.  For example, Proposition was widely called Prop H8. Unfortunately, most all the hate that I witnessed during Proposition 8 was only was from the No on 8 side.

Traditional marriage has been the foundation of society for thousands of years.  It should be maintained and supported.  There is no room for hate on either side of this issue.  It is possible to differ without personal attacks.



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