On May 5th 2009, the Maine state legislature approved marriage equality. On November 3rd 2009, Maine voters repealed marriage equality. Today, the Maine Secretary of State gave the thumbs-up for marriage equality supporters to begin collecting the 80,000 signatures needed by January to legalize marriage equality at the ballot box in November 2012. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Well, it’s nice to finally see a ballot measure that supports marriage instead of trying to defeat it. But while the continued prominence of marriage equality in the 2012 election will ensure that the National Organization of Marriage may have to spread its resources between a few states (including Minnesota and possibly Oregon), it also means that marriage equality organizations will have also have to fight the battle on several fronts too.
At least Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, or whoever gets the Republican nomination will have to dance around questions about their anti-gay pasts. All of them will probably answer like robots about how “they support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman,” these days that position may be just enough to turn off large swaths of youth and swing voters who are as tired of this crap as we are.