Same-sex marriage lost in Maine 47-53%. Angry profanity-laden rant behind the cut:
That makes the 31st state same-sex marriage has lost a vote in – still looking for our first victory. Here’s who I’m mad at, in rough order:
DNC/Obama: The No on 1 campaign asked for DNC funds and didn’t get any. Obama didn’t lift a finger to help – he campaigned for (now-)former Governor Corzine in New Jersey, and even sent out a special email to people on his email list to vote for him. Maine got a generic “go out and vote” email with no indication of what they should vote on. He couldn’t even be bothered to tell people to vote No on 1! Andrew Sullivan makes this point as well, more on the DNC not helping No on 1 in the slightest, more on Obama not helping.
Honestly, if they’re not going to support the things I care about, that puts things in a whole new light. I don’t support health-care reform because it would help me (because I doubt much would change for me), and if Obama’s not going to lift a finger to support my causes, why should I support his? I will probably lay off giving money to the DNC for a while (or at least until I calm down) and give to candidates that support my values.
National Organization for Marriage/the Catholic Church: These were by far the largest contributors to Yes on 1. The Catholic Church gave more than half a million dollars while, at the very same time, closing parishes for lack of funds. NOM gave at least $1.1 million.
Maine voters: Seriously, guys? What the hell?
Governor Baldacci: Not mad at all – he had a change of heart and signed the gay marriage bill, and encouraged his supporters to vote No on 1.
The No on 1 Campaign: Obviously results are what matter, but they seemed to run a good campaign – this was no botched California Proposition 8-type scenario.
Hmm, not as profanity-laden as I had thought. Still, I’m mad.
On the good news front, Washington’s domestic partnerships vote is looking good (they vote by mail so it takes a few days to get final numbers), and Annise Parker (an open lesbian) is in a runoff for Houston mayor. But Maine really stings.