Same-sex marriage veto question tops ballot

LEWISTON — The question topping Maine's Nov. 3 ballot asks voters whether or not they want to repeal the same-sex marriage law passed earlier this year.

Question 1: "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"

Though Maine was the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage, it was the first where the Legislature approved the measure and it was signed by the governor without being directed by the courts. No such legislation has been approved by citizens in a statewide vote.

In addition to legalizing gay marriage, the law also reaffirms religious freedoms.

"This does not authorize any court or other state or local governmental body, entity, agency or commission to compel, prevent or interfere in any way with any religious institution's religious doctrine, policy, teaching or solemnization of marriage within that particular religious faith's tradition as guaranteed by the Maine Constitution," the law reads.

Both supporters and opponents of the law anticipated a people's veto question to appear on the fall ballot and have launched professional campaigns focused on fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts.

None of the arguments either for or against the law plow new ground. Supporters say the issue is about fairness and equality, and opponents say it impugns upon tradition and will have a detrimental effect on society.

"I think we all want to live in a state that values and treats everyone equally under the law," said Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for the group No on 1/Protect Marriage Equality.

Marc Mutty, chair of the group Stand for Marriage Maine, said supporters of the repeal believe in equal rights for all, including gays and lesbians, but by changing the marriage law to include them, traditional marriage has been destroyed.

"The definition of marriage is so important because it has a impact on society — if marriage means this or that, it is diminished; it can't have value if it means multiple things," he said. "You are looking at a major cultural shift that a lot of people are just not aware of."

The new law offers a union between a man and woman who are capable of reproduction no "special place" in society anymore, Mutty said.

Connolly countered that the referendum is fundamentally about "Maine values."

"What kind of state do we want to all live in? I think we want to live in a state that values our friends and our neighbors, that values people that have been in committed relationships and that recognizes for too long they've been discriminated against based on this section of Maine law and that it's time to change," he said.

Much like the campaign to ban gay marriage in California last year, national groups have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the efforts of both sides.

Groups such as the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, the Roman Catholic Diocese and the Knights of Columbus have contributed to the repeal effort, according to state campaign finance reports. Those contributing to uphold the law include the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and the LGBT Mentoring Project.

Polls indicate Maine voters are nearly split on the issue, with few undecided, and both sides agree it will be close.

"It's a toss-up right now in terms of polling," Mutty said.

Connolly said he doesn't have a crystal ball, but "it's going to be a very close election."

rmetzler@sunjournal.com

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Gay marriage has NEVER been

Gay marriage has NEVER been voted on in Maine before. And the latest polling shows No on 1 ahead 50% to 41%.
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Triumph, your points

Triumph, your points 1,2,3,6,7,9,12,14,16,18,19,20,22,23,24,26,27,30 and 31all have one major flaw. They assume the same sex partners are married. They are not married. Accept that and stop whining.

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You need to come up with

You need to come up with some scientifically accepted, relevant sources.
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Just who's definition of

Just who's definition of "truth and reality" are you talking about here?
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How does this fit in with

How does this fit in with the "loving motivation of all Catholics"? NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Supreme Court refused on Monday to block the release of documents generated by lawsuits against priests in Connecticut for alleged sexual abuse.

The justices turned down a request by the Roman Catholic diocese in Bridgeport, Conn.

Several newspapers are seeking the release of more than 12,000 pages from 23 lawsuits against six priests.


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"Persons with same-sex

"Persons with same-sex attraction deserve better." Exactly! Now, mind your own business.

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They're asking for marriage

They're asking for marriage recognition, not recognition of their sexual union. Marriage is a civil contract which requires no church input.
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"which necessarily includes

"which necessarily includes sexual acts, or it's not marriage " I believe that's out of Sunday school, Mrs "not from the church" McG.
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We are so focused on

We are so focused on equality that we forget we are all humans! If we want to be treated as equals, then what is the problem? Just because one person (God) said a union of marriage should be between one man an one woman, that it should be so? Here's my take. I was just 3 months old when I was baptised catholic. Did I ask to be? No. I was dragged to church by my parents because they thought it was the right thing to do. I believe in God but I also believe in myself. I do not need a higher power to believe in when things get tough. God does not pay your bills when you are down. Helpful people who go to church may help if they are able. God does not pull you out of harms way when you are in a wreck it is up to you to pay attention. I am a single Straight woman who has never married and has a child. I would like to get married someday but as we all know, marriage is not as valued as it once was. I look at it this way, Is it going to hurt you to have someone get married because they like the same sex? Will it corrupt your childrens values?
Only if you let it. What if it was your child who told you he/she was gay and wanted to get married? Would you shun them or disown them? Or do you support them regardless because they are our children? I'm not saying that believing in God is bad or anything of the sort, but that it's not everything just to believe in God. My daughter is not baptised. I'm giving her a choice. This country is supposed to be about freedom and free speech etc.. but what it's turning into is, if we don't like it or if the bible doesn't condone it then neither shall we. If two people are in love they should be free to make their own decision. That is the only way to have complete equality. As long as both sides are consenting to do the same. It's almost like being 30 and marrying a 60 yr old man. so what, if they are happy together then let them be happy. What might make one person uncomfortable, may make another person happy. So quit your complaining because you can't control something that's out of your control! Now things have gotten so bad it's pathetic. If society doesn't like it then it's a bad thing. If you teach your kids right and teach then to accept all things no matter how different they are then, this world will be a much better place and a greater start to living harmoniously together. Here's an example... For a while bi-racial marriage wasn't even heard of. Now it's almost commonplace. Do you all have a problem with that? I sure don't. Love is love. Love doesn't judge, doesn't hate, love always forgives. remember that the next time you see a gay couple walking down the street. They still are human after all. Also remember that gay couple may be the people who save your life someday. You never know . Would you be thankful they saved your life before you knew they were gay? Or would you wait until someone else came by to help you just because you didn't want a gay couple near you? I'd take the first person who came along. We all have the same color blood and we all have feelings. Get Over It!!!!!!!!!! If No means the same sex marriage stays then I'm all for it. It doesn't bother me. I embrace change. I get so bored with the same lame laws and standards. You have to wear a seat belt, you have to register your car, you can't do this you can't do that, even suicide is against the law.
We as a country want to help others. Well we can't help people, while we shun others that are different than we are, just because of their personal preference.
It's time to reevaluate people let's get to it!!

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"You cannot change or ignore

"You cannot change or ignore the Bible just to suit your own sexual preferences." Not everybody lives by the bible, and the constitution says I can ignore it if I want.

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You're absolutely right...my

You're absolutely right...my point exactly. I appreciate your honesty, even if I don't agree with your point of view.

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I as a "Minister of the

I as a "Minister of the gospel" The state government has no rights getting involved. Politics and religion don't mix under any condition. Then you have all the "so called Christian people", that claim to be holier than thou", all these people need to get a real life and find something more constructive to do with their free time. "God put us all here for a purpose". Whatever we are doing here is the purpose god put us here, rather u be straight,gay, or bi sexual, this is the purpose god intended for us and thats why we're here in the first place.

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So called "christians" need

So called "christians" need to get their own houses in order. Whatever happened to the golden rule?
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Please do not invoke the

Please do not invoke the Bible to support gay marriage. Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible, although God loves homosexuals no less than He loves any other sinners. Romans 1:26-27 (New American Standard Bible) says: For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. See also Genesis 19 and Leviticus 18:22 - "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
"Religious" people killed Jesus and they also turn the Scriptures on their head to say any thing that they need and want it to say to justify their own sinful behavior.
If you want to support gay marriage, fine. It is a free country. But please understand that what you are doing is rejecting the Bible and the God of the Bible. Let's at least be honest about that. This country is bent on becoming a nation that does not acknowledge God or His Word. It needs to "come out of the closet" about that.

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So jpat, how do you know

So jpat, how do you know that these people that wish to be married to someone of the same gender want to" lie with a male as one lies with a female?" What gives you, or anyone else, the right to think about what these folks are, or are not doing behind closed doors in the privacy of their own home? If two men, or two women, could prove that they didn't "lie with a male as one lies with a female" or lie with a woman as a man would lie with a woman, would you let them marry then? It seems to me that those that want to overturn the law, only wish to do so because of what they perceive as going on where they have no right to think about what is going on. Doesn't the bible tell us to judge not lest we be judged. Jpat, it seems that you are judging these people without any knowledge, so you are prejudging. Doesn't that make you prejudiced? Maybe you all that have views such as this, should take some time out of your busy day and do some soul searching about why you actually feel the way you do on this issue, close the bible first though, and just think about on a human level.

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You are right. They do have

You are right. They do have the same rights. Everyone has the right to marry one person of the opposite gender. It has been that way throughout the world since the institute of marriage began. Some cultures allow more than one spouse but the opposite gender part is still the same. Gay marriage has been rejected every time it has been voted on by the citizens of any state. In the places that allow gay marriage it was ruled into law by legislature or courts. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!!!

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Taxpoor, you hit the nail

Taxpoor, you hit the nail right on the head! A few years back , they would all be Tarred and Feathered! How times have changed and I do not believe for the better. Do the gays really think a piece of paper is going to make people think differently about them? In fact, times are changing so fast the gays may not care if they are "married" or not. What does Islam say about them? And they may well be our future leaders.

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