While BeckySharper had the occasion to report some good follow-up news, I have the distinct displeasure to follow up on yesterday’s elections. Republican wins in Virginia and New Jersey are bad enough, but the real blow–at least to me and mine–is that Maine, which six months ago passed a same-sex marriage legislation through its Congress and had it signed by the formerly-bigoted Governor Baldacci, has now killed that legislation (and their progressive bona fides) through a popular vote.
ABC reports that 53% of voters came out against marriage equality, and now Maine is the 31st state to outlaw marriage for same-sex couples.
Goddammit, Maine, you’re going to make me sound, if only for a moment, like a crazy FoxNews commentator here talking about “the founding documents of this nation,” but for the love of lobsters, they clearly state that all citizens are created equal and merit equal treatment under the law (not the church). There is no “except if a majority decides that a group of them don’t” clause. That legal equality is a matter for public debate is just a total mindfuck to me: that ain’t what democracy is about.
The few Mainers I know were on the correct side of this issue, but the religious hatemongers apparently knew how to scare people into voting in greater numbers. And every single one of those assholes deserves a big old kick in the crotch for their “some animals are more equal that others” bullshit.
If we have any locals among our readers, I’d appreciate whatever info you can share about how it looked on the ground, and what might happen now. Is this issue dead in the water, or are there remedies? Can the government override the vote, pursue new legislation, or is it now a matter for the courts?