As a follow up to Neko’s post below, I thought it appropriate that I offer my two cents on the events of the last 24 hours and the referendum in Maine. One thing to note is that throughout the campaign period, the No on 1 organization offerred us personal accounts from Maine residents wanting to voluntarily offer their support to their friends, co-workers and loved one’s. The Yes on one campaign offerred us doctrine, fear, and scare tactics.
To those who voted Yes last night, I can understand being afraid. But you did not vote For anything. You did not vote to ‘preserve the institution of marriage’. You did not vote to ‘keep gay marriage from being taught in schools’. You did not vote in defense of your Faith. No one was ever trying to take anything away from you. No one was going to change your marriage, or force you to change your beliefs, or even force your churches to be involved with gay marriage in any way. No one was going to dictate what your kids were taught in schools. All that the No on 1 supporters sought to do was ensure that every single member of our society has the exact same rights under the law as every other. The is NO reason why any sane individual in a rational society would seek to retain certain rights for themselves only, and to not extend those same rights to their co-participants in that society. Outside of fear anyway. But our country and our society were not founded in fear, and the principles of liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness for all that we Americans are so fond of espousing are not ones that can be disregarded just because we get a little squeamish about losing what we as individuals already have. We as a society have not always held true to these principles, but history has shown us time and again that eventually, we will always come down on the side of equality.
A Yes vote on question 1 last night was a vote to strike a blow against your fellow Americans; your friends, co-workers, and even loved ones. It was a vote cast out of fear. Any society that allows itself to be defined by it’s fears, what it bans and prohibits, what is disallows; rather than one which defines itself by what it promotes, embraces, encourages, and extends to its members is a society in decay. There can only ever be one natural end result to that decay. That, given enough time, it should rot away entirely and leave room in which something better can grow.