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08 November 2005 @ 11:16 am
I Hate Being in Maine  
If Question 1 goes through in tonight's election (note to self: VOTE, DAMMIT), I am seriously moving out of state. I kind of have to: if Question 1 goes through, then it will be legal to discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.

Okay, long story short: Governor Baldacci, in the only move that I have liked of his since the ass got into office, got a bill passed through state legislature that said that sexual orientation and transgender status are put with sex, race, and handicap under things that are protected by anti-descrimination laws. The far right has been bitching since, and finally got a referendum to get it repealed, but only if people vote Yes on Question One.

What is pissing me off is everywhere I look today there are signs that say "YES on Question 1: Preserve Marriage, Protect Maine". Question 1 has nothing to do with marriage. Maine never allowed for gay marriage. All Question 1 is is whether or not homosexuals should be protected from descrimination in jobs, housing, and financial services.

I have only seen three "No on Question 1" signs (they are green, the color of the Maine Against Descrimination activist roup, and they say "Please Vote No on Question 1". That's it.) but I have seen at least two dozen of the horrible "Yes on Question 1" signs on Broadway alone (admittedly, there are a lot of churches on Broadway). The whole thing is fucking stupid.

I don't think anyone on my flist who lives in Maine is over 18, but if they are, vote tonight. And tell everyone you know who is old enough to vote No on Question 1.

EDIT: Just voted, as did my grandmother, my mother, my father, and my brother. I don't know what the 'rents and bro voted, nor am I willing to ask (because I doubt I could face them if any of them voted yes), but my grandmother voted no and made a point of telling me so.
 
 
 
slytherinblackslytherinblack on November 8th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
Eugh.

NM has an anti-discrimination law including TG people, just FYI. :P I dunno how well that stuff is enforced, but yeah.

Damn the far right and their "marriage" bullshit. I was just reading somewhere that the biblebelt states have the highest divorce rates. Massachusetts has the lowest. [ironyirony]

Kimkelles on November 8th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
I hope to God they don't pass it. I don't get why some people object to antidiscrimination laws based on sexual orientation or transgender. In my state (Delaware) my rep who is a Republican, by the way, has not been able to get a law passed. He's been trying for over 5 years. The same ass holds it up in committee every year. This ass happens to live downstate which is very rural and the attitudes tend to be the same as those in the South although most of the downstate residents are poorer than upstate. They even vote for Bush while upstate usually votes Democratic and has a higher income.
Tijuana Piratetijuana_pirate on November 8th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
Wow, I personally find it amazing that this is even a question in the States. How is discrimination against any group of people acceptable? And how exactly is saying that it's okay for sexual minorities to be treated equally in a population equivalent to somehow affecting the sanctity of marriage? God, I just don't understand these things sometimes.

But, then again, I'm canadian and a liberal. ^_~ It's a slightly different point of view.

If I did live in Maine though, I would vote no on question one too. ^^

-T. pirate
Lady Cyon: Envy breaking bones mad credit: taostrifwofl_iron on November 8th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
*stabz Maine*

I poked my Mother into Voting No. And my sister didn't vote. The h0 >___<

I hope my dad voted. Voted no. *shrugs*

then again...both my parents voted for Bush

....my family sucks.
flutingfrenzy: Ed Learns The Answer (rashaka)flutingfrenzy on November 8th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
OT liek whoa
Hi, I would have posted this in response to your comment in fanficrants, but the post was deleted, so. If you were serious about wanting the icon, feel free to spread the crossover love with credit to rashaka. :)