Honestly, I wasn’t all that shocked about this:
Gay rights advocates across the country are regrouping after a crushing defeat at the ballot box in Maine, pledging to continue their state-by-state effort to promote marriage equality and to turn their attention to a federal court case in California.
On Tuesday, Maine became the 31st state to block same-sex marriage through a public referendum. Just over half the voters there repealed a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed, a statute passed by the legislature in May and signed by Gov. John E. Baldacci (D). The law had been on hold, pending the vote.
Gay rights advocates had been optimistic about the Maine referendum, having collected more money, political support and volunteers than in other campaigns nationwide. Polls leading up to the vote indicated a dead heat on Question 1, as the measure was known.
Courts and legislatures have made it possible for gay men and lesbians to marry in five states, but Tuesday’s results mirror what has happened in every state where the question of same-sex marriage has gone before voters.
We are discussing rights here. Rights, by definition, cannot be determined by voting, as they exist independent of the ballot box, even despite it. Putting the rights of a minority to the whims of a majority, especially when that minority is seen as walking abominations by all too sizable a chunk of the population thanks to cherry-picking from centuries old books of poetry? How does that make any sense at all?
That is, to anyone other than people who want those rights denied…