Nov 10, 2009

Maine makes stand for traditional marriage

by Katie Bell

While students and faculty enjoyed Tuesday’s break from classes to vote in the Virginia elections, voters in Maine were casting their ballots to defend the traditional definition of marriage. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Maine voters successfully defeated a law which allowed same sex marriage in the state.

Maine constituents were responding to a law that was passed by
the Maine legislature last spring which legalized same-sex marriage. Conservatives combated the law by holding a petition drive to repeal the law by referendum, according to Fox News.

The vote on Tuesday was historic. For the first time, voters rejected a gay-marriage law enacted by state legislature, according to Fox News.

“It has all come together tonight, the institution of marriage has been preserved in Maine and across this nation,” Stand for Marriage Maine campaign manager Frank Schubert said, according to CNN.

The purpose of Stand for Marriage Maine was to protect traditional marriage and was never an anti-gay campaign, spokesman Scott Fish said, according to CNN.

The vote to repeal the law was 53 to 47 percent, according to CNN. Albeit a small margin, it was an enormous victory for supporters of constitutional marriage. What is most significant about the outcome is that Maine is in the northeast region of the U.S., which is known for being sympathetic to the gay rights agenda, as evident in the legislation of such states as Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

For traditional marriage supporters, the victory in Maine is a vantage point for combating legalization of gay marriage throughout the United States.

While the gay community is upset over the loss in Maine, it is not giving up.

“We’re in this for the long haul — for next week, and next month and next year — until all Maine families are treated equally,” manager of the pro-gay marriage campaign Jesse Connolly said, according to Fox News.

Gay rights activists may be determined, but it is time for them to realize that this country is not going to waver in its traditional values. This nation was built upon Christian ethics and Tuesday’s results proved that Americans, or at least citizens in Maine, are committed to these core values.

With the homosexual agenda being pushed constantly in society, it is interesting that in all of the 31 states in which the issue of gay marriage has been put to a popular vote, it has lost. This proves that the majority of Americans still hold fast to traditional values and define marriage as being between one man and one woman. With this vote, conservative values triumphed in a predominately liberal arena.

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