November 7, 2009

November 7, 2009
Discrimination Alive and Well in Maine

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and we have made it through another work week. I hope you had a safe and great week.

Are you ready for this weekend as much as I am even though it is going to be a busy one getting ready to travel back to Jacksonville tomorrow?

Started off my day as usual with a protein shake and then a chest and tricep workout while I have access to a decent gym through Poverello. Although they do not have all the equipment I would like to use, they do have a decent assortment.

But what I would really like to talk about is what happened on the 4th in Maine about marriage equality. I had to wait until today to write about this so I could do so in a level headed manner.

A deep and bitter disappointment from Maine: Maine voters have passed a devastating Proposition 8-style measure overturning the state’s marriage equality law.

Our hearts are with everyone in Maine who fought so hard to win recognition for their families. The legislature passed marriage equality earlier this year, but a divisive anti-LGBT campaign to scare voters seems to have worked.

It is infuriating to see that the same fear-mongering ads that were used to pass Prop. 8 a year ago have triumphed again at the expense of so many. This is a terrible loss.

It reminded me of a Proposition 8 advertisement I had seen and loved months ago:

Although we lost our battle in Maine, we will not allow the lies and hate – the foundation on which our opponents built their campaign – to break our spirits. We are on the right side of history and we will continue this fight with even more vigor.

Our friends at No on 1/Protect Maine Equality waged a strong and smart campaign. Thousands of volunteers exposed hundreds of thousands of Mainers to the real lives of same-sex couples and their families – many for the first time.

I am angry. But more importantly, I am determined that with the anger I feel today from this outcome in Maine, we will rise ever stronger to demand equal treatment under the law and equal respect for our relationships in Maine, California, New Jersey, and every state in the Union.

That is my viewpoint. How about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab