I wanted to write and congratulate the people of the Yes on 1 campaign for their win. By obfuscating the debate with wedge issues, they completely avoided addressing the core issue of whether homosexual relationships should be accepted by society on par with heterosexual relationships. And by avoiding the real issues, the debate was about teaching children about homosexuality and various other nonsense.
If the issue was about teaching children about homosexual relationships, why wasn't Question 1 directed at that? Nothing changed between Nov. 3 and 4; nothing is stopping schools from teaching about homosexuality now. The children are just as "vulnerable."
No, that was not the issue. The issue is about how people treat others who are different. It's about when we decide that because we dislike something, that it must therefore be inferior.
The Yes on 1 campaign could never run on the truth — that they find homosexuality to be inferior, unnatural and sinful. If they did, most rational people would take note and reject that bias.
Hopefully, those connected with the No on 1 campaign have taken note of these failings, and next time will not let them off the hook. When they try to throw a wedge issue into the fray, counter. Ask them the tough questions. Make them stand before the people of Maine and show their true colors.
Jason Theriault, Auburn