Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Same-Sex "Marriage" Loses Whenever the People Decide

Thomas Peters writes at The Corner:
Guilty confession: My favorite part of last night’s election coverage was watching Rachel Maddow’s demeanor go from exuberant, to smug, to infuriated over the results of the marriage referendum in Maine. And then she seemed to lose interest.

It now appears highly likely that, when all the votes are counted, Maine will join every other state in the union (which has had a popular vote on the issue) in rejecting gay marriage.

This result comes despite Maine being a liberal state, despite a 2-1 funding disadvantage, despite aggressive legal action against traditional-marriage defenders, despite unusually high voter turn out, and despite Rachel Maddow and the elite press running interference.

Proponents of same-sex marriage, unlike in California’s Prop 8, can’t blame Maine on Mormons, on African Americans who turned out for Barack Obama, or on confusing ballot wording. Their issue loses when the people decide. And it loses every time.

No doubt proponents of same-sex marriage will take this loss as a rallying cry to throw even more money into the basket, and to put more pressure on the White House.

The battle will move next to D.C., while harassment will escalate against ordinary folks who have voted against same-sex marriage (especially in California and Washington).

But for those who support traditional marriage, as they move forward into the next chapter, let them never forget, but rather, let them Remember (the) Maine! Bully for them.

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At 11/04/2009 9:09 AM, Blogger Paul Zummo said...

Oh, nothing to get excited about here. After all, Maine is just another deep south, redneck infused state full of gun toting, angry white people.

Well, the last two words of that assessment are accurate.

At 11/04/2009 11:17 AM, Blogger j. christian said...

I wish I could get excited about it, but neither Maine nor California has given me much hope. The margin of victory is too narrow. These referenda are a demographic burp away from having their results flipped. What then?

We need to do a better job of articulating the reasons to oppose same-sex marriage, and I think it needs to be reasoned from a secular perspective.

At 11/09/2009 6:05 PM, Blogger The Dutchman said...

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At 11/09/2009 6:07 PM, Blogger The Dutchman said...

A secular argument against same-sex marriage:


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