Last week’s dueling Portland Press Herald columns caused a flurry of discussion in Maine.

But MD Harmon’s column, entitled “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: ‘Yes’ vote will correct lawmakers’ mistake”, pulled in letters that additionally give insight into the mentality of those who support the People’s Veto, as well as just how tough a battle this will be.

Some excerpts:

More than 100,000 of Maine’s citizen voters have signed the people’s veto petitions to send the “gay marriage” law to the voting booth. We anti-gay-marriage people have, for the most part, bent over backwards to assure that gays and lesbians in Maine will not be discriminated against.

Now the governor and a handful of legislators in Augusta have slammed our backs against the wall over legalizing gay marriage.

We have been peaceful and rational about obtaining the needed signatures to bring this to a people’s vote. These high-powered, money-laden groups spilling into the state to help us hayseeds understand about the progressiveness of the 21st century will no doubt backfire on their cause.

They will make us even more determined in the voting booth.

Why call those who support traditional marriage as “foes” as if they somehow are “un-American” for holding opinions that are unpopular with some, despite being plausible and well-grounded?

The bill to end discrimination discriminates (against single homosexuals, against people “not in a relationship”). That seems hypocritical as well as being unethical – misleading many with a false promise. It deserved not to pass, but it did anyway.

I attended the entire hearing. It was a circus. The supporters of this legislation dissed the Judiciary Committee and many of those testifying with back-turning and jeering. We were treated to many sad stories of end-of-life scenarios (I thought this was about gay marriage, not hospice). The needs of those who are dying, however, whether gay or straight, absolutely must be addressed – justice does not discriminate.

But Mainers deserve better than to be the social laboratory for those who, while not living here, want to experiment with our future.

Our legislators should protect us from undue influence by special interest groups which are both out of step with Mainers and out-of-state with their funding. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee failed us all badly.

I agree with every word that M.D. Harmon wrote in his editorial on the mistake that the Maine legislators made when they circumvented the voters and yielded to proponents of same-sex marriage.

The standing bill is a sad commentary on Maine. It’s important for those who oppose same-sex marriage, yet aren’t paying attention to what’s going on, to wake up and realize the irreversible damage that will ensue if this law isn’t reversed.

People are inherently valuable and worthy of dignity.

They are not a collection of interchangeable pixels on some computer screen or data points in some government report. They are unique individuals worthy of respect.

Part of what makes individuals unique is that some are male and some are female. Women and men are equally valuable and equally worthy of respect, but they are not interchangeable, much like a violinist is not interchangeable with a baseball pitcher.

To try to make them so is to deny them their inherent dignity as humans.

The concept of same-sex marriage says to society that male and female are interchangeable, as least in terms of marriage. It seeks to reduce the complex interaction of male and female to just another interaction among “generic humans.”

M.D. Harmon is right – children need a mother and a father. These roles have successfully nurtured children in a nuclear family for generations.

The whole idea of “Parent A” and “Parent B” is like a bad science-fiction movie. The dignity of individual men and women is stripped away by a genderless, machine-like noun.

Same-ex marriage means that parents will no longer nurture “boys” and “girls.” Why teach gender roles at all if you are raising a Parent A or Parent B? Parent A and Parent B will raise genderless automatons that will be less human.

That the compromise offered by Rep. Leslie Fossel, R-Alna, regarding a domestic partner registry that offered protections and benefits similar to those obtained in marriage “sank without a trace” reveals yet again that this isn’t even about so-called equal rights but about transforming society in all the wrong ways.

At least there is one rational and civil voice in the print media able to clear the air about what is at stake in the whole homosexual “marriage” debate. Thank you, Mr. Harmon.

Does anyone still think Dawn is being over-bearing, preachy or not appreciative enough?

I don’t- I know how very deeply she, her fiancee and so many others in Maine appreciate every effort, every dollar, every bit of help and advice, and I want to thank everyone who has helped as well.

We need to do what we can- that’s all we can do.

But as you can see in these few letters, this is not just a discussion about weddings and rings- this goes far deeper.

The opposition is making this a referendum on ALL within the LGBTQ community- not just those who wish to be legally married.

This involves ALL of us- to stand up for our rights to BE equal, as ourselves, with legal recognition.

The opposition knows that Maine is a critical and crucial step towards national equality- not in just regarding marriage and its hundreds of recognitions and rights, but is defeating DOMA, DADT and finally getting an inclusive ENDA.

Why else are they so secretive about their affiliations, their intrinsic money trails with  protection of their donors? They’re running scared, in a panic. And that is when a trapped animal is at its most dangerous.

We cannot back down- we must hold hands, lock arms, and work together. NOW. NOW IS OUR TIME, and we must do all we can, TOGETHER.




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