Q1 threatens gay marriage in Maine

2009 is an off year for most voters, but citizens across the nation are keeping an eye on the November 3rd election in Maine, in which Mainers will decide whether or not to overturn a law passed last spring by the legislature and signed by the governor that legalized gay marriage.  A “No” vote on “Question 1” on the upcoming ballot will uphold the legality of gay marriage.

Groups from all over the country have converged on Maine to duke it out, and poll numbers show pro and con are neck-and-neck.  Groups like Protect Maine Equality are pushing “Vote No on 1,” while religious conservatives play semantic games, saying that since churches define marriage as sacred, “to define same-sex unions as marriage…changes the content of [their] religious doctrine.”  Well, news flash: allowing gays to get married no more redefines the word “marriage” than freeing the slaves redefined the word “citizen.”  Marriage is and always has been an institution recognized by the government–regardless of what church (or no church) you get married in, you still have to obtain a marriage license from the secular state.  Catholics may define marriage as a sacrament, but the fact that Baptist marriages are recognized by Maine but not by the local diocese does not impinge upon Catholics’ religious doctrine.  Get over it.

So, c’mon Maine–do the right thing.  Vote No on 1!

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