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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:15 AM
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It looks like Maine voters are going to repeal civil rights tonight
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 12:37 AM by Libertas1776
http://www.bangordailynews.com/electionresults.html

I am very disappointed. I had very high hopes for Maine. When will people stop putting the civil rights of minorities up for a vote by the tyranny of the majority? :-(

Edited: Oh, but it appears that act to make medical marijuana more accessible will pass. Gay marriage...HELL NO!! Marijuana...well...sure, why the hell not?
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:16 AM
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1. So sad about this. :(
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:16 AM
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2. Fucking hell.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:16 AM
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3. Half of us voted against #1. There are still votes yet to come in, but I
fear perhaps not enough to help our cause.
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:24 AM
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10. I appreciate your support in my home state.
:hi:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:25 AM
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13. :^) Just wish it was going to turn out better
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:17 AM
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4. this is a fail
more and more I'm thinking that my sons generation will be the one to see the light on this.

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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:20 AM
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6. You're right about that
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:18 AM
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5. I am so sad
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:21 AM
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7. Heartbreaking
And this shit is really starting to piss me off. I wonder how many of these assholes would allow ANYONE to vote on THEIR marriages?

Fucking hell.
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tmyers09 Donating Member (706 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:23 AM
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8. Still 20% of precincts not reported yet.
It's never over until the last vote is counted. We have to keep hope alive.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:25 AM
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12. Please don't delude yourself; it's over. (NT)
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tmyers09 Donating Member (706 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:27 AM
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15. Delude nothing, there's unreported precincts and it's nowhere near a landslide.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:55 AM
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29. But looking at the towns that have yet to report is not reassuring. :^(
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:26 AM
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14. We can't make it up
The cities are already in. Portland is in the count, along with their absentee ballots.

79%

Yes 240,647 52.4%
No 218,478 47.6
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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:24 AM
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9. No =( damnit damnit damnit
not again :(
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:25 AM
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11. Let's ban divorce then
Time to REALLY protect marriage.
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:27 AM
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16. Marriage Protection Act
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:40 AM
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21. big kick to that
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:30 AM
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17. OMG. Civil Rights should NEVER be up for a vote. This is sickening in the extreme.
This diminishes ALL of us, straight, gay or neutral.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:31 AM
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18. Next Stop...
Iowa :sarcasm: God, I hope not.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:33 AM
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19. not legalization of medical marijuana, that's already legal
it's whether to have medical marijuana dispensaries, or keep making the patients find it on their own
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:36 AM
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20. Thanks for the clarification
but nonetheless, easier medical marijuana access is still more important than the civil rights of a minority group treated as second class citizens. Major sigh. :-(
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:41 AM
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22. Maybe if they had passed the pot bill first
thus allowing time for voters to really reflect, if you receive my drift... :smoke:

Seriesly, :wtf: are people thinking? How far can these ballot questions go? "Shall women have the right to vote"? :sarcasm:
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:45 AM
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24. All seriousness aside...
I'll admit I was thinking the very same thing. :smoke:
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:43 AM
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23. Fuck 'em. Let's ban marriage, then.
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 12:44 AM by WheelWalker
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:51 AM
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25. I feel for you because I was SICK when it happened here in CA
WTF is wrong with people.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:53 AM
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27. It's the same thing all over again. The uber-religious with their better funding and
hatefully deceptive ad blitzes did away with a civil right.
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:51 AM
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26. I feel for you because I was SICK when it happened here in CA
WTF is wrong with people.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:54 AM
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28. Still too close to call, I think.
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:03 AM
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30. The AP just called it for the bigots n/t
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Sirveri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:05 AM
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31. I live in CA and thought the same thing with 8.
This is over, time to play in the courthouses again.
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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:06 AM
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32. It is over. Do not engage in last-ditch hope. It will only draw out the pain. n/t
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:07 AM
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33. .
:grr: :nuke:
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:12 AM
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34. Assholes.
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 01:13 AM by Starbucks Anarchist
(The homophobic ones.)
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liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 01:15 AM
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35. Maine's a very Catholic state
The Catholic Church went all out against this. And Maine's population is also relatively older, with a lot of rural voters. They're generally moderate on a lot of issues, but this is still an issue that they don't get or approve of. Plus it's an off-year election.

It's a fucking disappointment.

I'm not trying to put a positive spin on this - no reason any progressive should feel happy about this vote - but I do think it's important to take the long view sometimes. At the beginning of this year, two states had legal gay marriage. Even if this repeal happens, five states now have marriage equality. That number is going to go up. I suspect referendums in 2012 will restore marriage equality to both California and Maine. And New York may well get gay marriage within the next two years. (NJ is a different story, now that Christie has been elected, although there was some talk about passing gay marriage during a lame-duck session while Corzine is still governor.)
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