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We go to bed more hurt, more unequal, more hated, more harassed, more dehumanized. Sleep well.

by Jeremy Hooper

They lied. They dehumanized. They used personal faith to address civil law. They sought out any and every opportunity to confuse the issue. They went after anyone who got in their paths, with zero to less-than-zero regard for the well-being of LGBT families or their allies. And tonight, they have robbed an entire population of people of their equal citizenships, peaceful minds, and very essences of humanity.

For shame, Stand For Marriage Maine. You have "won" nothing. You have hurt countless many. And your inevitable, everlasting trophy will be a prominent casting within the annals of unfortunate civil rights history.

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Your thoughts

The ending is very sad, but not unexpected. This is a replay of what we went through last year in California. The same people running the "Yes" campaign, the same commercials, the same arguments, the same attacks, the same lies, the same confusing of the issues, even the same color "Yes" signs! The results are about what the results were for Prop. 8. I personally sent an e-mail to the "No" campaign back when this all started and warned them of what they would face. It's always the same issue--gay people will harm your kids--and has been since Anita Bryant in the mid-1970's. Until we jump out first and blunt this argument, it will continue again and again and we will lose.

Posted by: Michael | Nov 4, 2009 2:48:57 AM

I can't sleep. My heart is broken. I am angry and feel more isolated and lonely then in a long time.

Im not sure who deserves my anger the most: The lying bigots who brought this about or our elected allies who did NOTHING to help.

This hurts more than Prop. 8.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Posted by: Sean Carlson | Nov 4, 2009 2:59:54 AM

You write- "They lied. They dehumanized. They used personal faith to address civil law. They sought out any and every opportunity to confuse the issue."

Yes-- just like the Lexington school system, lexington "churches" and the "Klan" at "lexingtoncares" did to me and my family. YES-- Even so called "churches" in Lexington marched against my family-- they used "their personal faith to address civil law"--

Like I have said - When those that subverted my parental rights thought they were victorious ---- it was the beginning of their ultimate defeat. In judging/condemning/demonizing me --- they did the same to themselves. It continues to resonate across the country ---- and will in the future.

The case "Parker vs Hurley" is used --and will continue to be used -- with stunning efficacy to defeat gonvernment imposed alternate definitions of marriage, subverting parental rights, and the democratic process.

Good night,

David Parker

Posted by: David Parker | Nov 4, 2009 3:23:26 AM

What is wrong with you Americans?! Seriously.

I think it is time to start putting ad campaigns out there during non-voting situations as an ongoing education process. Starting off with real scenarios of this law repeal is an example of what hurts real families and lives.

Voters get confused when there are two sides to the story just before an election and they don't have any real access to the truth except for what they watch on television.

Posted by: Forky | Nov 4, 2009 3:57:29 AM

If you heard distant screaming on the East Coast of America a few minutes ago, that was me. Sorry. I believe sound travels well over an ocean.

I wish LGBT Americans and their straight allies the best, and considerably better luck for the future - because I know you won't be giving up.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia | Nov 4, 2009 4:59:46 AM

These words have been stuck in my head for nearly a year:

Keep going!


Posted by: SammySeattle | Nov 4, 2009 5:03:07 AM

A civil right defeated by popular vote. Unbelievable and very wrong. My heart breaks for LGBT families in Maine and I am royally pissed how this sets back our movement toward equality.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 4, 2009 6:21:59 AM

This is why I believe that they only way we will achieve equality is through the courts. The words of Thomas Jefferson continue to ring true.

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 48%."

Posted by: Vast Variety, Iowa | Nov 4, 2009 7:17:31 AM

I got this news at 7 in the morning
What an awful way to start a long day
*sigh* i really dont have any words
Im just numb

Posted by: Viral | Nov 4, 2009 7:23:14 AM

Civil rights have never been won in this country by popular vote. Ever. If it had been put to popular vote, I probably wouldn't be able to vote. We have been continuously put in an untenable position.

I'd like to push for a federal equal rights law.

Posted by: Em | Nov 4, 2009 8:20:33 AM

I am sick. Just sick. I am profoundly disappointed and angry with the other people in Maine who voted for Yes on 1. Yes, the other people because those people are not my people. I want nothing to do with them.


Posted by: Leslie | Nov 4, 2009 8:40:12 AM

I knew this was going to happen. I knew it!

Is there a way to get this into the Olson/Boies lawsuit?

Posted by: ---- | Nov 4, 2009 8:40:57 AM

This morning, America feels like an abusive spouse. I want to love her, I really do. But I'm amazed at how hard America makes it to love her, sometimes.

Posted by: DN | Nov 4, 2009 9:11:27 AM

Is there any way that these lies can be prevented from being advertised again? Surely there is a law against that?

Or better, sue right now for misleading a population of voters.

Posted by: Forky | Nov 4, 2009 10:01:02 AM

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