This week, ClickBack sought editorial page reader comments on the impact the same-sex marriage repeal will have on next year’s state elections.
Should Question 1 affect the 2010 state election?
If this is the issue that drives the next election, then we should anticipate that in a few years America will face legislation similar to that going for a vote in Uganda, minus the death penalty. The great leader of the Stand For Marriage Maine campaign, Bob Emrich, applauded the Ugandan bill with a later retraction that he did not support a life sentence for individuals who are gay, nor did he support the death penalty. However the rest of the bill is heinous as well, providing for three years imprisonment for those who know that someone is gay and don’t report him or her to the authorities within 48 hours.
Every issue that comes before the Legislature for discussion and voting should be considered when election and re-election time comes. Anyone who goes to the polls and votes to keep elected reps in office again without knowing how they have spoken and voted on past issues is not doing their homework and voting responsi-bility.
Yes, this issue and how our elected officials voted, spoke out and responded will come to mind when I personally stand in the voting booth next, along with the issues on the budget, taxes, money spent, cut etc.
The out-of-state organization that was so instrumental in the triumph of the Yes on 1 wants to cement their victory by “eradicating” our legislators who favored civil rights for “the others.” As a result of narrowly focused campaigns, many single-issue candidates on both sides of the fence, who are otherwise unqualified to legis-late, will be selected for the Legislature, thereby ensuring its general ineptness.
The issue of same sex marriage will have to be decided legislatively or by the Supreme Court. No great civil rights law has ever been passed by “the people.” Do you really think “the people” would have voted to end slavery in 1865, grant women the vote in 1920, and pass anti-segregation laws in the 1960s? Get real, there are far too many oppressors out there who refuse to share any of their rights with those they oppress. It has always taken a greater power than “the people.”
The next governor won’t be so brash as to put his neck on the line for something so controversial, not to mention immoral. I hope he went to confession after he pencil whipped the law. For a while I was almost ashamed to be from Maine, but we won and now I feel great about it.
All voters should be reminded of how each of our legislators voted on this subject. We should all be reminded, come election time, of how these arrogant posers who consider themselves some type of royalty hold the voters with utter contempt. We elect them to represent us and our wishes, not to tell us what to do.
While not the only subject that should be considered, it is a screaming example of how little the Legislature listens to the people. Keep track of the insults, taxes, foolish decisions and malfeasance inflicted upon us by our elected officials and vote the bums out!
It should not be an issue, but I’m afraid it will. The religious right has no intention of stopping its practices until we are all converted, at least that’s my two cents worth. It’s a shameful practice that “separation of church and state” has become a useless concept.