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November is fast approaching us and with it comes the ballot issue again about Marriage Equality, or if you prefer, same-sex marriage. While I can understand some people in this state are tired of hearing about the issue, this fact does not change the fact that it is an important issue. Just as important as their casino initiative they kept pushing for until they go it approved.
There really does not need to be a law saying people of the same gender can marry one another, however, since it seems in this country the majority are allowed to dictate how the minority will live, it becomes important to get this law passed not only in Maine, but across the entire nation–which will call for the Federal government to step up and make it happen, how soon will that occur though, that is what everyone is wondering.
One of the local news stations posted a question on their Facebook page asking how everyone thought Obama’s declaration on same-sex marriage would affect the issue in Maine, well along with some reasonable answers (meaning they actually answered the question) the hate and bigotry came out, like it always does. My favorite has always been “How many times do we have to say no to this?” Of course I cannot help but be the asshole and remind the person that the people said no many times to casinos but that did not stop the question from getting asked.
Personally, I think the legislature did the right thing back in 2009 by putting the law into place themselves, this is not an issue for the people to vote on. I mean seriously, how do it matter to you if two men or two women get married? What difference does it make? By that logic I should be able to argue any law on the books because I do not agree with it and if I get enough signatures send it to a vote for the people to decide… umm, no. This is why we have an elected body, they not only do what they think is right for the state overall, but for the betterment of individual people or groups of people. Having the entire population of a state vote on an issue that affects a small minority reeks of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”.
Are there other issues this state needs to be putting more effort into? Absolutely, however this one cannot be ignored or swept under the rug. It is not going to go away. I completely understand that people do not agree with comparing it to Women’s Rights and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s, however, you cannot deny the similarities that are inherent in all these issues. All three issues were argued against from a religious stand point–that’s right, read your history, women and blacks were denied their rights because for these “The voice in the sky told me” people, they were unworthy of the same rights and liberties as good WHITE MALE god loving people.
Same-sex marriage is not going to lead to the erosion of marriage (heteros are taking care of that well enough), no natural disasters are going to come about, it won’t lead to legalization of bestiality or pedophilia (anyone that believes that or uses it as an arguing point is a complete and total fucktard). Why are you all so eager to deny this basic right to others? You won’t even grant them civil unions with the same protections as a marriage, have you learned nothing from history??
Aside from the aspect of love, couples deserve to be protected in all aspects: insurance, benefits, etc. etc. Everything you get from being married same-sex couples should be entitled to as well. Religion has no place in this issue, religion is the crutch you use when all other arguments fail. When everything else is disputed and proven wrong you fall back on the “man in the sky”.
You bigots sicken me. One day, and it will come soon, something you cherish and hold dear will be at risk of being taken from you because enough people find it objectionable and I guarantee you I will be standing there fighting for your right to keep it, despite how much I hate you. Why? Because no one has the power to take away our rights, the majority can not, and will not, dictate to the minority when it comes to issues of equality.
In closing I leave you with the following, if it touches and affects just one person I will be satisfied:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.