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Maine Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Law

 

Jakey Witz

 

Summary:

 

     On November 4, in a 53% to 47% vote, Maine voted to not legalize gay marriage. Members of "No on 1/Protect Maine Equality" and others gathered in Portland to mourn over the loss. Supporters of illegalizing gay marriage say it's not about anti-gay campaigns, it's about keeping traditional marriages. Even though the law was not passed, many people who supported same-sex marriage said they still gained from this experience.

 

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/04/maine.same.sex/index.html

 

 

How this relates to SS:

 

Not only does this have to do with our voting system, but it also deals with a major part of American history. Americans have always believed in equal rights, but nowadays gays and lesbians aour struggling in modern America, having it be illegal in most states to be married with the same sex. It is important we cover these issues and move forward to a more modern America.

 

Questions:

1.Do you support same-sex marriage? Why or why not?

2. How would you feel if you were gay in Maine and this law was not passed? What would you think or do?

3. Do you think this struggle for this law was all for not? What do you think could be gained from this experience? How do you think other states will react?

 

Comments (11)

Conor H. said

at 4:24 pm on Nov 6, 2009

1. I am indifferent to same-sex marriage. If a gay couple want to get married, I would let them do it. So, I am not against same-sex marriage because people deserve to marry who they want to marry.

2. I would be upset and I would probably leave the state and go to a state where same-sex marriages are legal or indifferent.

3. I think that this struggle was not all for not. They were able to get a taste of what people and states think. I think that other states will agree to same-sex marriages.

Kyle B. said

at 11:22 am on Nov 7, 2009

1. I think that you should be able to marry whoever you want, regardless of gender. I think this is right because everyone is created equal and should therefore have equal rights.
2. I would feel very offended and disappointed about the new Maine law. I would probably just go to another state where gay marriage is legal and get married over there.
3. I think that the struggle to pass this law was not for nothing. It really showed people in Maine and all throughout the US that gays will fight hard and really care to get married. When other states see the struggle in Maine, they will realize how much marriage means to them and pass the law for same-sex marriage.

Marina M. said

at 9:07 pm on Nov 7, 2009

1. I am not opposed to gay marriage. No matter the gender, I believe that people should be able to marry whoever they want and should not get in trouble for it. It is a personal decision and everyone should have their own rights.
2. I would feel sad that people would even vote to allow that law to pass and I would feel really offended. I would probably move to another state where same sex marriage is legal and get married there instead.
3. I think that the struggle was not all for nothing. It proved to the other states that there are more gay people than they think and that this law culd really have an impact on Maine's population. I think that other states will pass the law that same sex marriage is legal.

Laura M said

at 11:07 am on Nov 8, 2009

1. I think same-sex marriage should definitely be allowed. I think you should be able to marry whoever you want because everyone has equal rights and that means that they should be allowed to marry someone of the same gender.
2. I would move to another state where it is allowed.
3. I think that this will make people upset and then states will see that because of this negative reaction they should just make it legal.

Alex S. said

at 12:19 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I am not a strong supporter of gay marriage, but I am not against it. If there were a gay couple that wanted to get married, there is no reason why they shouldn't.

2. If I were gay in Maine, I would have to leave, and go to another area that either supports gay marriage, or has already passed a law saying that gay marriage is allowed.

3. I believe that the struggle for gay marriage was definitely worth it. It would be beneficial to everyone who does not support it, because it would teach them to have a tolerance for something that they are reluctant to realize is a part of every day life. Some other states may feel disturbed by this law, however. There are some who believe that gay marriage is a sin, and should not be allowed. Hopefully, some states will accept gay marriage and pass the law that allows it.

Alisa B. said

at 2:21 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I am a strong supporter for same-sex marriage. I believe that everyone should have equal rights, and that includes people who are homosexual. People who are lesbian and gay are born that way, for sexual preferences is controlled in the mind. We do not say that people who have a mental problem cannot marry, so why is this any different?

2. I would feel very angry and upset that this law was rejected. I would form a petition and many rallies across the state in promotion of giving homosexuals the right to marry.

3. I believe that this struggle was not all for nothing. I think that because of this experience, people across America will see that having this law really does mean something to gays and lesbians. I think that other states may choose to propose this law after seeing the close outcome in Maine.

Abby M. said

at 2:48 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I support same sex marrige. Everyone is a person and they can make their own decisions. Everyone should have equal rights.
2. I would be furious. I would move to another state around the same area where it would be allowed.
3. I think that it was worth it. I think other states will take after Maine's example and legalize gay marriage themselves. I think Maine's population will grow and they will gain more citizens on the gay side.

Maggie said

at 6:29 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I believe that any gender should marry for whom they wish for, even if it's not the typical sort of marriage with one girl and one boy. If a gay or lesbian person wants to get married no one should stop them from doing so. I think that they can live their lives to how they please.
2. I would definitely be upset about this and most likely move to a different state. I would move to a state that is caring and doesn't judge people on their life styles or their tiny differences.
3.I believe that this struggle was all for nothing. This is really going to show the U.S. how hard these people are struggling just so they can get married and be together. The states are going to realize how much this law is going to effect lesbians and gays and hopefully they will officially legalize same-sex marriage.

Jennifer P. said

at 6:35 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1.Do you support same-sex marriage? Why or why not?
I don't really go either way. If someone wants to get married to whomever they want, thats fine with me and I think there should not be laws against gay marriage. At the same time, I support people who do not support gay marriage because they think it is unnatural or whatever because that is their right to think so. But there should not be laws against it. And I also think that a law against gay marriage violates the Declaration of Independence because it says everyone has a right to the pursuit of happiness and marriage definitely can make a person happy.

2. How would you feel if you were gay in Maine and this law was not passed? What would you think or do?
I would be upset because that law shouldn't have even have had to be passed it just should have been included with different gender marriage because if all men are created equal they all should be able to marry whomever they wish or so desire without their state's interference.

3. Do you think this struggle for this law was all for not? What do you think could be gained from this experience? How do you think other states will react?
I think this was a positive thing even if the law was not passed because there are not 8,000 gay people in Maine which obviously means that others who are not gay want this law to be passed. I think other states may or may not react to this law not being passed but it can only create more publicity on the subject which is usually a good thing.

Kelly R. said

at 6:58 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I support same-sex marriage because I believe that everybody has a special someone, regardless of gender. Also, our own constitution states "all men (and women) are created equal." I do not see any reason why this would not apply.

2. I would be very upset and I would want to move because I wouldn't want to live in a state that doesn't give me my rights.

3. I think that this showed people that our country has something we need to work on. I think that when other states notice the outcome of this law, they will legalize same-sex marriage.

Forrest J said

at 10:55 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. In my opinion, people should be able to love whomever they choose to. If a person wants to marry someone of the same gender, I say they should. No one should be denied the right to choose whom they marry, as love cannot be changed forcefully.

2. Well, if I'm being denied my rights, I would probably move out-of-state. I maybe would also do some sort of protest, such as writing a letter to the government or something like that.

3. If people try hard to get something done, it gets noticed, even if they fail. Their struggle shows what the people want and will probably get states to take action. I can see states legalizing same-sex marriage sometime in the future.

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