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The Maine Meaning of Marriage


My syndicated column on the meaning of Maine here. Key points:

They spent three years building an organization to push gay marriage in Maine. . . . They were awash in money, out-fundraising pro-marriage advocates by more than 50 percent. (Full disclosure: The National Organization for Marriage contributed $1.8 million to the Yes on One campaign — or more than half the campaign budget.)

Gay-marriage advocates in Maine had the benefit of learning from California. . . . There are not very many Mormons in Maine, or black people, either, so they cannot blame this loss on either minority group. Maine is a deep blue state, socially liberal and relatively secular, and close to Massachusetts, where people have presumably learned “the sky doesn’t fall” after gay marriage becomes law.

And yet people in Maine in a free and fair election decisively rejected gay marriage by an even bigger margin than in California. . . .

Over in New York, the collapse of Dede Scozzafava is another big story. Scozzafava was handpicked to become the first openly pro-gay marriage Republican in a district where the vast majority of Republicans and independents (and even a big chunk of Democrats) oppose gay marriage.

A National Organization for Marriage poll of likely voters in New York’s 23rd Congressional District revealed that fully 50 percent of her opponent’s supporters said that Scozzafava’s vote for gay marriage was a factor in their decision not to support her. . . .

[As Brian Brown put it]: “This should be a wake-up call to GOP politicians who think they can play clever insider games and cut special deals on the marriage issue: It’s not going to work. The voters are not on your side.”


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