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What are Your Election Day Stories for 2015?

This morning at 9 AM, I sauntered into my town office to vote. There was no line out the door. There were no candidates politicking right outside the acceptable boundary. There were hardly any cars in the parking lot. Some nice elderly volunteers were having pie but were happy to step away from their table […]

Betsy Smith at Auburn, Maine NO on 1 Community Conversation (Transcript)

“We need not think alike to love alike.” This quotation of Francis David appeared on the wall of the First Universalist Church in Auburn, Maine where the organization called Vote No on 1 / Protect Maine Equality held one of five “community conversations” this week.

Betsy Smith, Executive Director of Equality Maine and Executive Committee […]

The Traditional Equation: Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman + 1 Woman

Stand for Marriage Maine is organizing an attempt to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law so that gay and lesbian couples will be forbidden from getting married. The organization calls explicitly for a return to “the traditional definition of marriage.” But what is the “traditional definition of marriage”? Let’s look to the organizations backing the repeal […]

Choices: Diocese of Portland would Rather Fight Gays Than Save Churches

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has $100,000. What to do with that money?

Choice A: Remedy a $48,000 deficit in the Biddeford Parish, save three churches there from closing, and establish a $52,000 financial security fund for the parish in the future.

Choice B: Close those three churches down and spend the money on […]

Standing on the Neck of Truth: Lying to Prevent Maine Equality

You’ve got to hand it to “Stand for Marriage,” the group organizing a media campaign to repeal the legality of same-sex marriage in Maine, just for its pluck. You’ve got to hand it to Stand for Marriage just for its pluck. It takes pluck to name yourself “Stand for Marriage” when you’re advocating to oppose […]