Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Maine voters speak on Same-Sex marriage

Yesterday I thought the big story would be the Republican sweep of key bell weather races – which they took 2 of 3 – but the bigger story to come out from Election Day is what took place in Maine. The Legislature in Maine pasted a law allowing same-sex couples to wed and was signed by the Governor. Despite the new law a measure was on the Maine ballot to repeal the same-sex marriage law. "With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved to repeal, ending an expensive and emotional fight that was closely watched around the country as a referendum on the national gay-marriage movement" (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/us/politics/05maine.html). The repeal makes Maine the 31st state to reject same-sex marriage when allowed to be voted on by the general populous.

In my blog entry, A Better Approach, I addressed the constitutional state amendment passed by Californians that defined marriage "between a man and a woman" where I offered a better approach to the same-sex marriage issue. At that time I even emailed a group call OutFront to offer up my approach. Even though 87 percent of the precincts have reported, gay-marriage supporters are holding out hope and are unwilling to concede the voice of the people. Frank Schubert who organized the campaign to repeal the gay-marriage law said that a victory will be a "backbreaking loss" for gay-rights activists while Jesse Connolly, organizer of the pro-gay marriage campaign, is holding out hope that when the remaining 13 percent of precincts report that victory will be achieved.

The bigger question here is twofold. Why is it that State Representation is passing laws that constituents are clearly saying they do not want? Why are Americans continually looking to Government to cure their plights? The issue of marriage is not a social issue that ought to have government involvement. The decision to spend one's life with another ought to be done in private. By allowing the Government to regulate marriage through the issuance of a "marriage" license means it's a privilege and not everyone is entitled to participate. It is time for Americans to wake up and realize that Government is not the answer to this issue. By removing the Government from the equation will have a ripple effect.

The ripple effect will be evident as the restrictions that same-sex couples argue they experience will dissipate as those institutions will no longer have the shield of marriage to hide behind. Americans – straight or gay – need to realize that the issue of marriage is a solemn arrangement to many and one that Government ought not to play a role in. Use the fact that 31 states have repealed same-sex marriage laws and rally to limit Government intrusion into our private lives. The populous is speaking loudly that Government is not the answer and when all the votes are counted in Maine will send that signal no matter how razor thin the result may be.

Why do gay-right activists, and other Americans, not realize that looking to Government for the answer is the wrong approach?