Today’s election day and there’s a REALLY BIG referendum question on the ballot in Maine. In May, Governor Baldacci (formerly opposed to gay marriage) signed a bill to approve same-sex marriage in Maine. Over the summer, of course, the hateful, the intolerant, and the homophobic joined together and rallied to raise signatures on a petition to put a referendum on the ballot to overturn this ruling. By the time the law was originally set to take effect (in September), the petition had been filed and the law was put on hold until today’s election decides whether or not gay marriage will be allowed in the state of Maine.
I’ve already cast my absentee ballot… I am so excited and hopeful and nervous about this. Early polling showed the results would be too close to predict. I actually feel that this is going to all go down for the best. No reason, I’m just feeling optimistic and hopeful. I want to believe that people in Maine are more tolerant than hateful. I read predictions that only 35% of voters would turn out for this mid-term election and I honestly find that really hard to believe, given what a HUGE ISSUE this is. I feel like this will probably be one of the most important things I’ll ever vote on in my life. I think there are a lot of people in Maine who will also feel it and get themselves out to the polls. Fingers crossed. I want this so badly for the people I love, for my state, for the human race.
postscript: ugggghhhh. I am so disappointed in Maine.
I’m sure I don’t need to explain that the vote on gay marriage in Maine did not turn out as I had hoped. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s really disappointing anyway. It was so close. I do not want to give up! I hope that Maine will continue to progress forward on this issue and I hope that I can be involved when I get back to Maine next year!