What public policy goals are achieved by yes, no votes on Question 1?

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, at 9:17 a.m.

Setting aside the very real and passionately held religious and civil rights values that drive

some proponents and opponents of repealing Maine’s same-sex marriage law, what public policy goals would be achieved if the law is repealed? What public policy goals would be achieved if it is not repealed? In other words, what will society look like in 20 years if the law is repealed or upheld? Will there be more families with children in Maine? Or fewer?

Will there be more dysfunctional families? Will there be more people buying homes? Will marriage become largely a civil matter, with the faith-based components of the union being less prevalent?