Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ballot question 1

OK, I admit. My home state of Maine rocks significantly less today than it has in the past. Yesterday Maine voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to repeal the earlier order permitting gay marriage that had been signed by the governor earlier in the year. As with Prop 8 in California, this is immensely depressing but perhaps not surprising. The ludicrous idea that heterosexual marriages are somehow harmed by the existence of gay marriages has surprising tenacity, and it is also not news that conservative Christian movements want to legislate their narrow view of morality. Ta-Nehisi Coates, whom I am proud to call a friend in another context (*ahem* online video games), has an interesting perspective on the story read in light of the history of the civil rights movement.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh, this is so sad. sigh.

Anonymous said...

on line video games!!

atlanticmo said...

This is a generational issues. Maine and California have not been taken over by Conservative Christians (or Conservative Jews or Conservitive Muslims, etc.). They do however have lots of older folks who vote.
Like the Civil Rights movement the key is for young people to vote and be willing to be open with their parents and grandparents about the subject.