B. Underwood: Let equal rights prevail

I give a quick "well done" to Equality Maine and all its volunteers. Because of their hard work and strong belief in equality for all human beings, they are giving the same-sex marriage proposal a chance to return to the ballot.

All free-thinking, open- and fair-minded citizens will have another chance to vote in favor of a law, which should never have been overruled once it had been written and signed into law.

November 2012 may finally permit same-sex couples to exchange their wows, and thereby confirm their commitment to each other in front of family and friends.

Hopefully, equal rights will prevail.

Barbara G. Underwood, Lisbon

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MARK GRAVEL's picture

Barbara, For the sake of

For the sake of discussion, what or whom makes same-sex marriage a right?

Does that same right also justify, say, having two wives, perhaps three wives?

I’m not sure why I would want to punish myself that way, but let’s explore were this right comes from.

Jim Cyr's picture

Equal Rights

are prevailing. Marriage is not a RIGHT !!

Joe Morin's picture

1st ammendment

I feel that same sex marriage should be protected by the first ammendment. If someone attends a church, chapel, synogogue, mosque or just meeting place that as part of their beliefs recognizes the union between to men or two women then that should be officially recognized by the state. As far as a vote on it??? Popular votes on issues that many people find this polarizing are in danger of opressing a smaller segment of the population. That's why we have a representative republic and not a true democracy. True democracy is mob rule.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"I feel that same sex

"I feel that same sex marriage should be protected by the first amendment."
If we can agree that the purpose of the 1st amendment is to guarantee or clarify certain rights, I would then refer you to Jim Cyr's post which is directly above yours.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Pirate ships were true

Pirate ships were true democracies. The crews, with very few exceptions, if any, elected the captains. If he died, they'd repeat the process, and so on. Other than that, your're right; it was mob rule.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Why stop at one wife. How

Why stop at one wife. How about two or three? Shouldn’t that too be protected under the first amendment? If the first amendment is grounds for same-sex marriage, why stop there.

Joe Morin's picture

Valid argument.

Let me preface my comment by saying that I don't have a dog in this fight and for me this discussion is merely academic. My issue isn't marriage being a right to the individual but a right for a registered religious organization to operate under their belief system as long as those beliefs are not harmful to others. I do understand the slippery slope of polygamy or even perhaps some people marrying their pet poodle. Is the hang-up the legal definition of marriage being between one man and one woman?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You wouldn't deny them that

You wouldn't deny them that right if you could, would you?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What rights are the

What rights are the narrow-minded bigoted homophobes effective in thwarting or denying?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I didn't expect the white

I didn't expect the white flag of surrender quite so readily. You can't or won't itemize, so you give in? I've forgotten nothing, and know the subject at hand. I'm curious as to what your perception is of which of their so called rights are being denied.


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