For those of you that don’t know, a battle has erupted in Maine. The state legalized gay marriage earlier this year, and immediately, one of those reactionary, backwards, right-wing organizations of insecure people who somehow feel their rights are threatened when other people are given the same rights started a ballot initiative to overturn the legalization of gay marriage in Maine. This has turned into a huge campaign, with the same backers as the people that supported Proposition 8 last year in California. Hell, they didn’t even bother to change commercial scripts. (Why pay the writers twice for the same message? It makes financial sense, at least.)
I am, in fact, a supporter of gay marriage. I could make an impassioned plea on behalf of gay friends and relatives about justice and equality. Instead, I’ll let Philip Spooner, a decorated World War II veteran and lifelong Republican, make a better case than I ever could.
I salute you, Mr. Spooner.
VS – 10/22/09
P.S. An interesting aside: over the weekend, I overheard a Mormon friend explaining how her babysitter quit because of the church’s support of Proposition 8. Her defense? “The Mormon Church wasn’t the biggest supporter, nor did it put in the most money.” She either didn’t hear me or ignored me when I said “But it was a supporter.” To me, her argument was like saying, “Well, I wasn’t the highest-ranking klansman, I wasn’t the most muscular klansman, and I wasn’t the richest klansman. . .but I helped keep minorities down anyway.” Then again, she had already offended me not ten minutes earlier, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything else ignorant coming from her. . .not that I’ll hear it, because that friendship is pretty much over.