Imagine if you had to ask 275,000 people’s permission to marry. Here’s Jill Barkley from Maine demonstrating this by asking her fellow Mainers for permission to marry her girlfriend Diane and thus to Vote No on 1, which would preserve the right for all couples to marry in Maine. The statewide vote happens Tuesday.
Like the previous No one 1 commercials, the newest video uses real Mainers, including an iconic fisherman and straight couples; while Stand for Marriage Maine, the Yes on 1 campaign, had to resort to stock footage for their latest ad showing happy families representing “traditional” marriage, as Jeremy Hooper from Good As You discovered. Maybe the ad agency which put together the piece couldn’t find telegenic Mainers who believe in denying their fellow citizens their equal rights and a chance at lifetime happiness.
It’s possible to support the civil rights of all citizens and protect traditional marriage at the same time
but yet doesn’t have any citizens of Maine in it! And with regard to “protecting traditional marriage,” in 2004 the Bostson Globe reported that in the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001, some opponents to civil marriage equality
have acknowledged that in the three years since gay marriage became a reality here, the institution of marriage has not collapsed, as many religious leaders and conservative politicians warned it would.
Thus far, specialists in domestic law, legislators, and some religious commentators say there is no empirical evidence of damage to the institution. For example, divorce rates are no higher, and there is no sign that conventional couples are shunning marriage.