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Gay Marriage Fight Continues Despite Maine Setback

gaymarriage1.jpgOn Tuesday, voters in Maine repealed a state same-sex marriage law, but gay marriage proponents vow to continue their fight.

“We will not allow the lies and hate – the foundation on which our opponents built their campaign – to break our spirits. We are on the right side of history and we will continue this fight with even more vigor,” Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization, said after the defeat in Maine.

The decision means that gay marriage has been rejected in every state – 31 in all – in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay marriage is legal in five states – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Iowa – but was only legalized through legislation or court rulings, not by popular vote.

Following same-sex marriage bans in some states last year, Solmonese spoke to NOW about his determination to continue pushing for gay marriage.

In a recent NOW Issue Clash, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage debated gay marriage in America and what its legalization would mean for everyday Americans. The polls may be closed in Maine, but visitors can still vote for who they think won this debate.

Comments (3)

it will happen-as will the ordination of women and the marriag of our lifetime(that gives me about 30 yrs.!

this is my 1st comment-dont get your response! puzzled, anna

I think many folks around the would, not just in USA, have trouble understanding the term “Gay Marriage”. I must say I don’t truly understand the relationship or allure for this word by true gays. ‘Marriage’ is a term based in various heterosexual rituals. This man-woman relationship custom and idiom have been around for centuries. I would think the word ‘marriage’ itself would be vulgar for gays to even consider reusing or recycling it. Marriage does not accurately describe any gay unification. It would be like calling a bicycle a tricycle, or vice versa. Since the ritual for union of a man and woman is ‘marriage’. There must be a distinct word or term for loving gay unions. After all that wonderful gay ritual deserves it’s own unique expression too. To use ‘marriage’ seems to belittle or demean gays when they struggle to stay beholding to this heterosexual practice. For gays to truly acknowledge, embrace, and be recognized they need to research loving gay unions over the past 500+ years and resurrect the appropriate word or term. To settle for an arcane heterosexual expression like ‘marriage’ is beneath them, somewhat narrow-minded, and debases their dignity. The solution is a descriptor something much better than heterosexual “marriage”.

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