What Discrimination Looks Like – Maine’s Yes on 1

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I was flying most of the morning and trying to process our defeat in Maine. I’ll keep my reaction short.

It’s hard not to be angry. Very very angry. A majority of Maine voters went out of their way to say Screw you and your same-sex relationships.

Our fierce advocate, the President, didn’t stand with us. The party that boasts the most LGBT-friendly platform didn’t stand with us. They just left us out there to get lynched.

And everyone just says, “Oh well, maybe next time.” “It’s not time yet.” “We’ll get equality one of these days, but we’re just not there yet.”

Let me just be clear about a few things:

You can’t oppose queer equality without being ignorant, hateful, and bigoted. It doesn’t matter what you believe about faith, religion, tradition, or anything else you can convince yourself of. You are demonizing and and discriminating against people for who they are. There is nothing Christian about that. There is nothing American about that. There is nothing human about that, and there is no reason to celebrate it. Nothing is gained, but fairness and compassion are lost.

There’s no other way to look at it. None. That’s it. It’s hate. It’s discrimination. It’s wrong.

And if you aren’t really angry… if you can look at two years in a row of rights being voted away without recoiling? Then look in the mirror and see if you like what you see.

If you can stand by and let this Gay Apartheid continue, go ahead.

But don’t expect me to respect you.

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There are 5 Comments to "What Discrimination Looks Like – Maine’s Yes on 1"

  • 3rf234wrfwedfw says:

    Society right now is celebrating the ability of the majority to vote on the rights of a minority… and not seeing any problem with that. The fact is, we’re at a point in history when interest in the fundamentalist religions fueling these votes is peaking, and until that goes away, this sort of thing will probably keep on happening

  • Nicholas Svara says:

    I am so very, very sorry to hear that Maine’s “Let’s be bigoted!” law passed.  I live in Washington State, and although I’m trying to be overjoyed that Rep 71 succeeded, I can’t help but scream at how terribly close it was.
    I feel like I should say something else… but, there’s just nothing left to say but how very, deeply, and truly sorry I am.

  • BobMarley says:

    That’s it. Call everyone that disagrees with you a bigot. That’s the way to change people’s mind about ssm.
    If  everyone has the right to marry the same people how is it discriminatory? How are the marriage laws anymore discriminatory towards men then prostitution laws discriminate against women?

  • Nicholas Svara says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m a little confused.
    If Nicholas is 35 years old, and Dawn is 39 years old, they have the ability to marry under the law, regardless of religious beliefs or lack thereof.  I have evidence of this, due to not belonging to any church but having a legal document provided to me by the State of Washington with those exact names on it.
    According to Maine, if Nicholas is 35 years old, and John is 39 years old, they are NOT allowed to marry under the law.  It doesn’t matter what race or religion they follow, they are not allowed to marry.
    Could you please explain how that is NOT bigoted?  According to Merriam Webster, the definition of a bigot is “a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance”.  Saying that it’s fine for Nicholas to marry Dawn but not John seems to be bigoted, by definition.  And it also seems to prohibit people “having the right to marry the same people”, so yes, I believe it is discriminatory.
    I’m also completely confused by your comparing gay marriage to prostitution.  Frankly, I think that the laws prohibiting prostitution are retarded; it would provide an extra tax source for the government, but more importantly it would allow sex workers to the same kind of health benefits and protection under the law that any other job would provide.

  • AnotherAnonymous says:

    Though legislation now would be ideal it’s not going to happen easily.  Our country is completely divided on a range of issues.  70% of LGBT Americans fall under the democratic party while the other 30% identify as Republican.   LGBT Republicans and their supporters need to stand up to their party’s so-called Family Values movement and spread the word that Same Sex Marriage is a family value.
    The Gay Rights Movement needs to refocus their plan.  Their needs to be one centralized group fighting for this cause and supporters need to join the cause.  The mentality needs to shift from a movement created and run by LGBT Americans to a movement made up of straight and LGBT supporters.
    Finally, as a member of the LGBT community I know that communication is the best way to gain acceptance.  Instead of starting with the white house and gaining legislation to create equal rights, why not talk to those who oppose your views and explain to them the ridiculousness of not being granted equal rights?  There, you’ve gained another supporter!  Their needs to be growth in this movement.  It simply isn’t big and loud enough yet for politicians to hear us.  This is the only way things will change.  Equal Rights will not just appear out of thin air or by voting ONE president into office.  It’s unfair to place blame on Obama, especially when he is the first president in our history to sign-in legislation in support of equal rights.
    C’est tout

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