Sunday, October 21, 2012

A open letter to all Mainers who plan to vote No on Question 1

Ok, I never get political on this blog. But in this case, I just can't keep my mouth shut. No worries, we will soon be back to our regularly scheduled programing of Elizabeth cuteness :)

To all those in Maine who plan to vote "No" on Question 1 this question is...why?? Ok, so you don't "believe in" same sex marriage. But why do you want to actively deny other people the same rights that you enjoy? Are you married? Do you get happiness and pleasure from being married to the person you love? That is great. Other people would like the right to have that, too. Allowing gay people the right to be married does nothing to hurt you or your marriage. In short, what's it to you? If you don't believe in gay marriage, then don't marry someone of your own gender. But don't vote to prohibit others from marrying the person they love.
To those who protest that the Bible, and God, and Jesus, etc, etc...all say that "marriage should be between a man and a woman"...Honestly...the Bible also says we should have slaves and beat our children. Does anyone really want to do those things? Didn't think so. As for God...the God I believe in is all about love. God loves us all. He is not about discrimination, or judgment. And Jesus? Well, he was a pretty cool guy, and I am pretty sure he would be ok with same-sex marriage. My feeling is- he would not be cool with the marginalization of a particular group of people, especially when his name is used as a rationale for discrimination against this group.
So...if you vote "No" on prop 1, you are saying that it's ok to invalidate the relationships between two adults. You are saying that your heterosexual relationship is more valid and "better" than that of the same loving, committed relationship between two men or two women. You are saying that your family is more valid.  No. I say that when there is love and commitment, that is "valid".
I have no expectation that this short little tirade has changed anybody's mind. You are going to vote how you are going to vote. I'm just asking you to please, think a little before you do. And maybe, if you really can't bring yourself to vote "yes" on Question 1, maybe just don't vote at all.


Catherine said...

If I lived in Maine I would vote 'No.' That's my opinion and what I believe. Each person should be allowed to vote their own heart and should not be discouraged from voting just because they don't agree with the bill. Is that not in a way taking away their right to vote? How can that be right?

You have your opinion and others have theirs. Each person should follow their own heart and beliefs and vote as they want.

My name is Andy. said...

Great post! Very well said

Anne said...

Thanks Andy!

Betsy Keyes said...

So glad the bill passed. People should be able to marry who they love without anyone or any government getting in their way. To stop people from marrying their loved one is cruel and prejudiced.

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