There are two articles in Maine’s Portland Press Herald about November’s Question One vote in Maine.
A reminder to the PPH and Maine voters: It’s an equal rights law, not a gay rights law. Equal rights for all, not some. Not a tricky concept.
PPH’s Letters to the Editor includes this hurlfest:
It’s now less than a month away to the Nov. 8 referendum. Question 1 will be the hot topic and the third time in a decade that Maine voters have had to vote on the issue of gay discrimination.
I say that the reality of discrimination to homosexuals is a straw man. In Maine, I’ve never seen or heard of any instances of discrimination toward homosexuals in the workplace, in hiring or in being able to get the housing they might want – or anything else.
Where are all the “stories” of homosexual discrimination? Where? Any past stories of so-called discrimination were instances in which any person could have been the target. What makes homosexuals think no one else is discriminated against?
So, why are we voting on a straw man issue? It’s so homosexuals can get same-sex marriage laws passed. They need their behavior sanctified by the state, so they can proceed to the next step.
If homosexual behavior isn’t state-protected as such behavior, then homosexuals could never petition to get same-sex marriage laws passed.
There are enough real problems in this state. Why are we voting again on a hyped-up issue that has no substance?
I’d like to personally invite Karen Markham to suck out of my ass. If this is too difficult, bearing in mind that I do live quite a distance and round-trip airfare is expensive, I’d love it if Karen Markam ventured to the Community Counceling Center in Portland, Maine where she would learn about actual gay and lesbians who have been harassed, discriminated against, assaulted and abused. While in the area, she could visit the Charlie Howard Memorial Library and research glbt stories and articles about the harassment of glbt individuals. Not mention learn about Charlie Howard himself, a gay man who was assaulted while walking down a street in Bangor, Maine with his boyfriend, brutally beaten and left in a nearby stream to die. That was in 1984. How many times has that happened since? How many times actually made it on public record?
Eat me, Karen Markham.