Win in Maine—Opposition Vows Revenge
Excellent election last night. I stayed up late watching the returns come in. Despite the odds, the opining of the opposition etc predicting 5-2 we’d lose…. and in a liberal state that didn’t even think twice about raising taxes amid economic hardship or legalizing marijuana, Yes on 1 pulled through! We were outmanned, outspent, but not out of faith.
On the other side, the gnashing of teeth began as No on 1’s Jesse Connolly vowed to take personal revenge:
“In a defiant speech to several hundred lingering supporters, No on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly pledged that his side “will not quit until we know where every single one of these votes lives.” —Bangor Daily News
And tolerance has yet another field day on the opposition’s side. But we knew that didn’t we? That’s one of the reasons why this vote was so crucial.
Excellent fight! Congratulations Maine!
|From CRI: Same-Sex Marriage Law in Maine Overturned by Popular Vote|
|In another victory for pro-family Americans, Maine voters sent a message to their leaders on Tuesday that traditional marriage should be upheld. By a vote of 53% to 47%, voters overturned a law enacted by the Maine legislature that would have allowed homosexual couples to marry. If upheld, the law would have made Maine the sixth state allowing homosexual marriage, and the first state in which the people’s vote allowed the law to stand. Maine is the 31st state where gay marriage has been on the ballot. The measure has been rejected by popular vote in every election in which it has been presented. In some cases, the people have voted to overturn the actions of their legislators or courts, and rejected attempts to legalize same-sex marriage without a vote, as in Maine and California.
Gay marriage is legal in five states, and two states recognize same-sex marriage, but do not perform it. In each of the states where it is legal, it has been enacted by an action of the courts or the legislature, without the people having a say.