Well this is a terrible way to wake up the day after Election Day. Did that really happen last night? Yes, yes it did. Maine’s voters, by a 52.7-47.3% vote (with 87% of precincts reporting), continued the trend of the populous that, when given the chance to eliminate marriage rights for gays and lesbians, do so.
We thought, surely, Maine would be different. They’re a more “live and let live” community than California’s splintered voting block.
But rather than celebrating a new dawn in LGBT equality, we’re dealt a major blow. Indeed, last night Washington State’s voters enacted Referendum 71, granting domestic partnerships (to both straight and gay couples) in a state where same-sex marriage is illegal.
And while neither Stand for Marriage Maine nor the National Organization for Marriage have taken to their websites to gloat yet, the latter did update its homepage to say campaign manager Frank Schubert “claimed victory.”
For the No On 1 side, Protect Maine Equality’s Jesse Connolly says, “We’re in this for the long haul. For next week, and next month, and next year until all Maine families are treated equally. Because in the end, this has always been about love and family and that will always be something worth fighting for.” The group expects a statewide recount.
We’ll have more on last night’s results throughout the day.