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AP Cries As Maine Rejects Gay Marriage

From a tearful Associated Press:

Dejection fills ballroom after gay marriage vote

By John Curran, Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Maine – Cecelia Burnett and Ann Swanson had already set their wedding date. When they joined about 1,000 other gay marriage supporters for an election night party in a Holiday Inn ballroom, they hoped to celebrate the vote that would make it possible.

Instead, they went home at midnight, dejected and near tears after a failed bid to make Maine the first state to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot box.

"I’m ready to start crying," said Burnett, a 58-year-old massage therapist, walking out of the ballroom with Swanson at her side. "I don’t understand what the fear is, why people are so afraid of this change.

"It hurts. It hurts personally," she said. "It’s a personal rejection of us and our relationship, and I don’t understand what the fear is."

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, gay-marriage foes had 53 percent of the vote in a referendum that asked Maine voters whether they wanted to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage that had passed the Legislature and was signed by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci…

For the gay rights movement, which has gained a foothold in New England, it was a stinging defeat. Gay marriage has now lost in every state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine, framing same-sex marriage as a matter of equality for all families in a campaign that used 8,000 volunteers to get out the message.

Five states have legalized gay marriage — Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut — but all did so through legislation or court rulings, not by popular vote.

Portland resident Sarah Holman said she was torn, but decided — despite her conservative upbringing — to vote in favor of letting gays marry.

"They love and they have the right to love. And we can’t tell somebody how to love," said Holman, 26.

While the gay marriage opponents claimed victory, Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for No on 1/Protect Maine Equality, held off conceding until early Wednesday, when he issued a statement vowing to continue to press the issue.

The fight for marriage equality will continue, he told supporters at the Holiday Inn ballroom, where a buffet table included a three-tiered wedding cake — with two grooms standing side by side, two brides standing side by side and the inscription: "We all do!"

"We’re not short-timers. We’re here for the long haul and whether it’s just all night and into the morning, or it’s next week or next month or next year. We will be here. We’ll be here fighting. We’ll be working. We will regroup."

For Burnett and Swanson, the July 10 wedding date — and a reception cruise on Casco Bay — is off.

Of all the things for the Associated Press to focus on.

Of course this is how they felt about most of the results from yesterday. Even their too close for comfort win in New York.

Gay marriage has now lost in every state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote.

Isn’t it amazing how after all we have been told about how popular homosexual marriage is, that there still is no state where the citizenry have passed it.

If only we could do away with that ridiculously old-fashioned idea of the ballot box.

Portland resident Sarah Holman said she was torn, but decided — despite her conservative upbringing — to vote in favor of letting gays marry.

"They love and they have the right to love. And we can’t tell somebody how to love," said Holman, 26.

Luckily, the AP was able to find a typical Maine voter.

Oh, wait…

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP Cries As Maine Rejects Gay Marriage”

  1. proreason says:

    How can Frank Rich ever get divorced if he can’t even get married?

    He can’t even get to the point of looking for somebody diseased enough to consider him as a potential sodomizee.

    But I wonder….has he ever met Drooling Barney?

    It seems like a match made in hell heaven.

  2. Snardius says:

    “They love and they have the right to love. And we can’t tell somebody how to love,” said Holman, 26.

    Well, the people are not telling them who to love…we’re telling them that marriage is between a man and a woman. Should be simple to understand even for homosexuals. But of course, same sex marriage isn’t about “equality” it’s about forcing society to legitimize an unholy and unnatural physical union.

    • artpa says:

      This is an interesting issue, and I agree with snard here. Unfortunately without a constitutional amendment I think this will eventually make it to the supreme court who under equal protection will give all states gay marriage. Although the democrats give this a lot of lip service, I think they would rather ignore it completely because it would lower federal tax revenue.

  3. katmeredith says:

    I loved the way the people they quoted focused on fear:

    “”I don’t understand what the fear is…I don’t understand what the fear is.”

    I’m, for one, am not afraid… whether you judge it Biblically or evolutionarily, homosexuality is a dead end. Literally unable to reproduce themselves without consent of others. Consent they’re obviously not getting.

    I’m 26 and conservative, like Holman. I would vote against gay marriage. They already have the ‘right’ to civil unions in most places, that gives them equality under the law. By trying to force marriage, they’re trying to get equality under society, religion, and personal opinion. It doesn’t work that way.

    I have a few friends who are homosexual. As a Christian, I love them and I pray for them. Old Testament laws were mostly given to protect us from ourselves.

    • I can tell them what the fear is.

      The fear is we’ll go the way of Europe, or Canada, where so much as thinking negative thoughts about gays will land the police at your door investigating you for hate crimes. Or get you fired from your job.

      The fear is that while gays will enjoy the “equality” of marriage, the rest of us will no longer enjoy equality under the First Amendment. Our beliefs, our churches, our opinions will be targets for criminalization and prosecution. It is happening every where else; only a fool wouldn’t believe it won’t happen here.

  4. Right of the People says:

    It was hilarious back in 2000 about a year after the first “Civil Unions” took place here in Vermont when a few of the “couples” who’d come in from out of state to get their civil union decided that wedded bliss wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and wanted to dissolve it.

    The conservatives in the legislature got the last laugh however.

    Even though Howie Dean had rammed this through, they’d snuck in a provision that to dissolve a civil union, you both had to first establish residency which required living here an entire year before you could get your divorce.

    You should have heard the howls when the happy couples found out about this. I remember a few of them proclaiming that they would just split, after all this wasn’t legal or anything. It’s amazing how when they got it they all declared they were good as married but when it didn’t suit them anymore, the civil union was just an inconvenience.

    Marriage after all is between a man and woman. Like I told one of the happy couples, it’s Mom and Dad, not Tom and Brad.

  5. canary says:

    Why the crying. Obama told them to give him a little more time.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Dry your tears Pookie.
    I know ….. why don’t ya’ll have a parade?

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