WTHX: Experiment 3 – What The Hell is Going On with Maine’s Gay Marriage Ballot?

If you detect a particularly “liberal” bent in this WTHX, I won’t even try to deny it. I am incensed – pissed – absolutely enraged at the bigotry espoused by 53% of Maine’s voting population. While I strive for professionalism, I won’t degrade myself by pretending objective impartiality. You can look to Hollywood for actors.

The ongoing Maine ballot regarding the legal status of gay marriage is currently looking bleak for proponents of gay marriage. As of this writing, the majority vote remains against the act’s legalization, though last-minute ballot counts may yet swing the vote around.

The vote difference between the two sides currently hovers at roughly 3%. The ballot measure in question, “Question 1,” would repeal Maine’s currently pro-gay marriage statutes, and remove legal recognition and rights between current same-sex marriages.

Why is gay marriage being voted against in Maine?

Maine had voted to legally recognize same-sex marriages during May of 2009. However, the passing of this legislature prompted an immediate challenge from the socially conservative aspects of the state’s political field, prompting the November ballot on “Question 1.”

Gay marriage opponents are rallying under the ideological flag of “protecting traditional marriage and values,”  stressing the traditional interpretation of marriage as between man and woman. They are also highlighting the fear that the passing of the May 6 legislation will mandate the teaching of gay marriage in schools – though same-sex marriage proponents and the state attorney has denied that any part of the bill has such a provision.

While the campaign against gay marriage rests on the grounds of its perceived threat to the traditional institution of heteronormative marriage, legal experts “don’t know” what the threats actually are.

Polls have indicated that the vote on the issue splits along rural-urban lines. Historically, from California’s passing of Proposition 8, the demographics most likely to support a repeal of gay marriage statutes are Evangelical/Born Again Christians, those without a college degree, Republican, and/or over the age of 34.

Why are 47% of Maine voters in favor of same-sex marriage?

In contrast to the arguments made against gay marriage, the arguments in its favor are rooted in its casting as a civil rights issue. Namely, establishing rights regarding separation, divorce, child care, medical visitation and decisions, health insurance and pensions, and economic protection.

Many states have “civil union” statutes that afford most or even all of the rights of marriage – however, these statutes are only applicable within the state hosting such laws, and are not recognized on a federal level. The legal recognition of gay marriage would make such unions legally recognizable and enforceable across all 50 states.

Conversely, 30 states of the United States of America have, instead, voted to ban same-sex marriages.

As of the conclusion of the writing of WTHX, the pro-gay marriage “No on 1” advocates have conceded defeat.

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~ by Gonzo Mehum on November 4, 2009.

One Response to “WTHX: Experiment 3 – What The Hell is Going On with Maine’s Gay Marriage Ballot?”

  1. Disappointing that both of the traditional bastions of liberalism, New England and California, had more people oppose the equality of all persons than support it. We can hope that at some point, the government realizes how much it shoots itself in the foot by not legalizing marriage between committed homosexuals.

    Washington R-71 is still really too close to call, but it currently stands the voters will approve to give registered domestic partnerships all the rights and responsibilities of a marriage.

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