So last night we ended up loosing out on Maine. I was stuck traveling and with a huge delay so I wasn’t able to find out until my straight friend who lives in Portland Maine called me pissed off and furious. Now, regardless if you are conservative or liberal, for gay or straight rights or even just don’t care, what happened in Maine is not acceptable. Let me go over a few things from all ends.
1. The equality groups in Maine allegidly and apparently did not spend their budgets fighting for gay marriage in Maine. It’ll be interesting to see where their money is, was spent and who gets bonuses this year. They probably did fight for it but gave up when the anti gay groups came in and flooded the tv and media with anti gay commercials, etc…
2. When you have a huge group come in and run commercials to stop you from getting your law passed or running smear campaigns you fight them off. My friend said they were running tv ads saying if you pass gay marriage the schools will have to teach about gay sex to your kids. That is not true, they will teach safe sex, just like they are right now. Classes will not have to change and your kids won’t have to see gay sex. Then again, if you don’t want them exposed to sex, you shouldn’t be sending them to school anyways since they do teach sex in the schools. The gay group should have ran tv ads combating this, but apparently they didn’t, they sat back and watched as gay people lost the right to marry in Maine.
3. Most people don’t realize or didn’t realize that gays could get married in Maine since the gay groups and the HRC (who I hate and think should be closed down) never promote or make a media whirlwind about Maine. Maine is gorgeous and has amazing places and beaches and foods and venues to get married at. Maine should have ran commercials nationally and gotten a lot more coverage from the media to get married there. This would not only have helped to increase the money coming into Maine, but it would have also helped create jobs in food service, hotel and other jobs for the people of Maine. Then when it came time to vote on revoking the right for gays to get married in Maine, noone who was now employed and all the people who were making money and if the gay groups would have talked about how gay marriage was helping the economy in Maine, we probably wouldn’t have lost the right to marry in Maine.
Anyways, I can go on and on about what I think went wrong, but what we need to do is protect Iowa and other states that allow gay marriage and help everyone who lives there remember that gay marriage will not destroy their homes, it will help better them and help their ecomony. When the smear campaigns start, start running your own. If you sit back and do nothing and don’t make it a priority to fight, then guess what, gays will loose their right to equal rights and to marry and we will be back to not having equal rights. I don’t know if they stood back or if the HRC or anyone donated money, but from what I heard from my friends in Maine, apparently the gay groups didn’t do much and just sat back hoping for the best. If your state may pass gay marriage or may be voting on getting rid of it, you cannot site back and hope for the best, you need to take action and fight for gay marriage. Don’t let Maine happen to your state. Raise money and fight the groups that fight you. Gay Marriage is about equal rights, not about the word or God. Lets get Maine to allow gays to marry again and lets fight these groups that fight us.