November 3, 2009 Off Year Elections, Surprise, Surprise Surprise. And the hits keep coming from yesterdays off year election … The people of Maine have spoken and delivered a blow to the Gay Rights movement.
The State of Maine, what has become the liberal State of Maine lately has rejected the gay marriage law. The Maine voters have repealed the state law that would have allowed same sex couples to marry. What is most interesting about gay marriage legislation? It has never passed in a state that had the courage to put it to a popular vote of the the people.
Maine voters just say NO to Gay Marriage.
Maine voters repealed a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed, dealing the gay rights movement a heartbreaking defeat in New England, the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage.
Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine — known for its moderate, independent-minded electorate — and mounted an energetic, well-financed campaign.
With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, gay-marriage foes had 53 percent of the votes.
The voting turnout was higher than expected which is some what unusual in an off year election. It would appear that the masses came out in opposition of the same sex marriage bill.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap told me just now that turnout there is far exceeding his projections — news that would be good news for backers of same-sex marriage.
“We’re seeing heavy and very steady turnout,” he said, attributing the surprise to the contested vote on a “people’s veto” of a same-sex marriage law driving Mainers to the polls.
Who knew that the throngs of people that went to the polls in Maine Tuesday were to vote against Gay Marriage. One thought high turnout would have meant gay marriage would have passed. To the contrary … In a shocker, Maine Gay marriage law goes up in flames.
“Question 1 has passed,” Frank Schubert, campaign manager of Stand for Marriage Maine, announced in Portland. “It has all come together tonight and the institution of marriage has been preserved.”