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Outside Passamaquoddy Territories, Washington County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly

Are you and your same-sex partner planning a trip to Washington County, the most Northeastern of the coastal counties in the state of Maine? Looking for the first sunrise in Eastport or a quasi-Canadian experience in Calais? Consider what kind of reaction you’ll get: as the map below shows, with two exceptions each and every town of Washington County Maine turned out on November 3, 2009 to reject lesbian and gay marriage equality. Most towns rejected equal rights for gay and lesbian Mainers by overwhelming margins. Gay and lesbian couples who live in this county were given the cold shoulder. How do you think you’ll be treated if you’re a gay or lesbian outsider to this rural area?

Travel Advisory for Washington County, Maine: the Same-Sex Marriage Equality Vote of November 3, 2009 suggests caution for lesbian and gay couples.

The two notable exceptions to this rule are the Passamaquoddy territories of Indian Township and Pleasant Point, which cast majority votes to reaffirm the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples living in Maine. The Passamaquoddies know something that their neighbors in Washington County have forgotten or never known.

10 thoughts on “Outside Passamaquoddy Territories, Washington County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly”

  1. le pelerin says:

    I think you’re thinking too much. You can be friends with gays and not feel like gay “marriages” are a good thing.

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      Do you think you can be friends with African-Americans and at the same time not feel like they should be allowed to marry people with different ethnic backgrounds, LP? What kind of friendship is that?

      What kind of friend votes to deprive you of equal rights? Bigots with smiles on their faces?

      Or, am I just thinking too much? Is that America’s problem, that Americans think too much?

  2. le pelerin says:

    I said Jim is thinking too much with all this statistica; analysis. Perigrin, you can’t compare apples and oranges / who people partner with to someone’s pigmentation.

    1. Jim says:

      I wasn’t talking about friendship. I was talking about a county that rejected equality for gay and lesbian Mainers and outlawed their marriages. I was talking to people who care about that sort of thing when they plan their travel.

    2. Peregrin Wood says:

      Constitutional issue, LP: The Constitution guarantees equality under the law for ALL people, not just according to ethnic lines, but according to any line of discrimination.

      Why can’t you answer my questions, LP? Realize what a jerk you’re being?

      1. le pelerin says:

        Why name call Peregrin?

        Let me explain. People who vote to not allow gay “marriage” do not see this as discriminatory but charity. They don’t want do legitimatize what they see as dangerous behavior. They are the ones who don’t want gays to jump out of the airplane because they’re told it’s safe. Stay in the plane. Your life might depend on it. The county that rejected gay marriage did it out of charity, not discrimination.

        1. Peregrin Wood says:

          So, you’re saying marriage is a dangerous behavior that you don’t want to legitimize?

          Really, if marriage is a good thing for heterosexuals, then why is it a bad thing for homosexuals?

  3. miss_summertime says:

    I am from Maine and I must say that although maybe some people didn’t agree, I am not against it. A lot of people didn’t start coming out till recently…unless they were really brave, and to be honest most of the people who vote are older and they just didn’t really have to deal with things like this when they were younger. A lot of older people are old fashion ya know. Its the younger generation that will move people forward to having equal rights. I am sure that in about 10 years, when the younger generations are able to all vote, that same sex marriage will be allowed. Although even so, I don’t always agree that marraige defines your love. But thats just my opinion.

    1. Oldtimer says:

      Ms Summertime, I think you’re about right on this. I was raised Downeast and go back every year. I can remember the State Police coming (quietly) into the Sunday School to arrest our teacher for gay activities. But that was over 60 years ago. It has gradually changed over the years; that’s what normally happens in social change, especially in rural and less educated areas. Downeast has quite a few religious fundamentalists but people there aren’t very aggresssive toward others they disagree with. Except for rare incidents, Maine people as a whole are moderate, live-and-let-live people. And if they know you face-to-face, they’ll do most anything to help you regardless of race, preference, etc. As you say, in about 10 years the vote won’t be the same. Oldtimer

  4. james says:

    Downeast Maine is a hard place to fit into. I don’t care if you’re a seventh generation native, or a transplant form Gayville U.S.A. I grew up here and keep it dear to my heart. I was a gay male who never came out. All my “frineds” teased me in so many ways…but I realized they just didn’t know any better. This took place in the eighties….and you would think with direct t.v. and Bravo people would think differently about sexuality and humanity. Alas, this area is as hard to breakthrough as the skin of a weather worn lobsterman. They have their thoughts and beliefs, whether I agree or disagree. “They” do believe they mean the best, and for that…I love. Every time I return I feel so sorry that nothing has changed here. Yet, then again I like old Americana where you talk about the weather,hunting, and fishing. Peace.

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