Trailer for new documentary detailing role of Mormons in passage of Prop 8

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8mormonpropNarrated by Dustin Lance Black, 8: The Mormon Proposition is a new documentary by Reed Cowen which takes an in-depth look at the involvement of the Mormon church in the passage of California’s Proposition 8. Trailer below:

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H/T to Pam’s House Blend.

Maine’s largest newspapers come out in support of marriage equality

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mainejpgWith November 4 rapidly approaching and a narrow lead in the polls, the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald have come out against Question 1 by supporting marriage equality in Maine.

From the Bangor Daily News

Everyone must be treated equally under the state and U.S. Constitution. Denying civil marriage rights to same-sex couples violates that tenet.

Further, extending the right of marriage to a small segment of the population that has been excluded furthers the state’s interest in promoting stable families and communities. The Maine legislation also took important steps, mirroring the state’s Human Rights Law, to respect religious freedom and traditions. No church will be compelled to perform or recognize marriages that run counter to its faith. This strikes the difficult balance of respecting religious freedom while ensuring equality.

From the Portland Press Herald

While this change in the law could seem abrupt to some Maine voters, it reflects the way people are really living now in cities and towns all over our state. That’s why we urge people to vote “no,” to allow this reasonable law to go into effect.

Leaders of the people’s veto campaign argue that extending the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage to families headed by same-sex couples would have broad effects throughout society. We have listened to their arguments, but we just don’t buy them.

While it’s technically true that the law would change the wording of the definition of marriage in state statute, it would not change the institution as it exists in Maine for thousands of traditional couples. Those vows would not be any weaker if same-sex couples were allowed to take them. Marriage would remain the key foundation for creating families, with the rights and responsibilities that come with it spelled out in the law, whether those families are headed by same- or opposite-sex couples.

Limiting marriage to a man and a woman would not make families led by same-sex couples go away. It would just keep them in a legally inferior position that is inconsistent with Maine’s tradition of equal protection under the law.

Gay men and women already live together, own property and have children, both biological and adopted. They hold responsible jobs, they volunteer in churches and schools – they are full members of our communities. The only thing they cannot do is form the legal partnership that gives them the advantages and duties that other couples have when they start families. The same-sex couples are not the only losers. This also puts their children at a disadvantage.

Sound, sensible arguments to be sure, but since when has logic gotten in the way of those who use their faith as a means to justify their hate?

Give Me A Break! – Stand for Marriage Maine TV Ad uses typical scare tactics and no real facts

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yeson1Update: YouTube has yanked this ad as it appears SMM violated National Public Radio’s copyright. Woohoo!

Stand For Marriage Maine has started running this ad.

This despite the fact that Maine’s own Attorney General published a Legal Opinion stating:

“Whatever the benefits and burdens of the civil institution of marriage, the state’s definition of marriage has no bearing on the curricula in our public schools, either under current law or under LD 1020. Neither the Parker decision nor passage of LD 1020 “requires” or “allows” the teaching of any particular subject in our schools, in answer to the citizen question attached to your letter.”

I suppose when you can’t make logical arguments to support your case, you have to resort to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). I just hope the independent minded citizen of Maine take the time to read the Maine AG’s legal opinion and see this ad for the FUD that it is.

Justice of the peace denies couple marriage license because ‘the children will later suffer’

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kbardwellAccording to an Associated Press story, Louisiana justice of the Peace, Keith Bardwell, denied a marriage license to a STRAIGHT couple. The couple just happened to be interracial.

According to the Tangipahoa Parish Justice of the Peace,

“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”

It seems the he thinks interracial marriages are ephemeral at best and their offspring aren’t accepted by Black or White society. I guess based on that Britney Spears won’t be getting hitched any time soon in this Parish of her home state. Her marriages have a half life less than the life span of your typical Mayfly.

And these are some of the same arguments used against allowing gays to get married. The marriage won’t last and the kids will suffer. Since when has the longevity of a marriage, or the fairness of the world to children that may be cared for by that couple ever been considered grounds for allowing two people to get married?

It seems folks will use any argument, logical or not, to prevent the marriage of those which they do not approve.