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'Yes on 1' Pastor: 'God has given us this victory and it is very important for us to recognize that he is the one who put the energy into this campaign.'

(image Bangor Daily News via reddit)

Check out this photo of the "Yes on 1" people rejoicing after taking marriage rights away from millions of Mainers.

Said Rev. Bob Emrich of Palmyra: "God has given us this victory and it is very important for us to recognize that he is the one who put the energy into this campaign. So let's not be so arrogant to forget this. It's very appropriate to pause for a moment of prayer."

It never ceases to amaze me how people who profess to be Christian can be so un-Christlike.

The NYT on the loss:

"Maine became the 31st state to block same-sex marriage through a public referendum, a result that will force supporters to rethink their national strategy at a crucial time for the movement. With 84 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the repeal proposal had 53 percent of the vote, even though polls had indicated the race was a dead heat.

This year three other states — Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont — joined Massachusetts and Connecticut in allowing same-sex marriage, but only through court rulings and legislative action. Maine, with its libertarian leanings, had seemed to offer an excellent chance of reversing the long national trend of voters rejecting marriage equality at the ballot box.

Some said the loss was a sign that the state-by-state approach favored by the largest gay-rights groups had failed and that the focus should move to reversing the federal ban on same-sex marriage, which Congress can reverse without voter approval. Others argued that the defeat only reinforced the need to keep winning grassroots support.

Evan Wolfson, executive director of the national gay-rights group Freedom to Marry, said the loss in Maine underscores 'the fact that we need to continue those conversations and make ourselves visible as families in communities.'

He added, 'It shows we have just not done it long enough and deep enough, even in a place like Maine.'

But Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, the conservative Christian group that is leading the charge against same-sex marriage around the country, read the outcome differently.

'It interrupts the story line that is being manufactured, that suggests the culture has shifted on gay marriage and the fight is over,' she said. 'Maine is one of the most secular states in the nation, it’s socially liberal, they had a three-year head start to build their organization and they outspent us two to one. If they can’t win there, it really does tell you the majority of Americans are not on board with this gay marriage thing."'

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  1. It must be nice to be so ignorant not to feel shame.

    Posted by: MG | Nov 4, 2009 10:34:57 AM

  2. They may not be Christlike, but they sure as hell are Leviticus and St. Paul like.

    Posted by: protogenes | Nov 4, 2009 10:38:49 AM

  3. Re: the first sentence: I'm not sure there are millions of Mainers to take rights away from. The entire population of the state is just over 1.3 million.

    Posted by: CSM | Nov 4, 2009 10:38:53 AM

  4. According to America Blog Gay Maine's Catholic Church topped $550,000 in donations to deny some Maine citizens equal rights. ( ) I thought it would be interesting to see what good could be done with that money rather than using it for hateful purposes. $550,000 would buy:

    * 11,000 nights in a hotel for the homeless (at $50 per night) or
    * 27,500 homeless food (at $20 per day) or
    * 5555 L. L. Bean Storm Chaser 3 - in - 1 Parkas for the homeless (at $99)

    That's just for starters!

    Tax-exempt organizations are not supposed to get involved in elections or lose their tax-exempt status. It's time for the Catholic Church to lose it's tax-exempt status. Deny me equal rights I'm going to fight to deny you as well.

    I'm with Sarah Silverman it's time to sell the Vatican and feed the poor!

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 4, 2009 10:39:59 AM

  5. It doesn't amaze me at all. People with strong religious beliefs are almost always mentally ill.

    Posted by: homerh | Nov 4, 2009 10:44:24 AM

  6. They're really taking unfair advantage of that 1st amendment clause "prohibiting the free exercise of [religion]".

    Posted by: Attmay | Nov 4, 2009 10:44:59 AM

  7. @HOMERH:

    Exactly. Religion is insanity, and Christianity in particular has been oppressing gays for centuries.

    The only thing that amazes me is that there are gay people who still defend the barbaric Abrahamic religions that have been causing division for thousands of years.

    Posted by: Eshto | Nov 4, 2009 10:47:41 AM

  8. nice to see bigotry alive and well on both sides of the issue.

    Posted by: DR | Nov 4, 2009 10:52:42 AM

  9. Canada - Come for the equal rights, stay for the universal healthcare.

    Posted by: Mooney | Nov 4, 2009 10:54:04 AM

  10. A famous Muslim once said of the Christian faith, "I like your Christ, it's his followers i do not like"!!

    Posted by: alexinboston | Nov 4, 2009 10:56:07 AM

  11. Someone please tell me: do you think that several decades from now people will look back on images like this one, and view them with the same revulsion with which we look at segregationists from the civil rights era?

    Because right now? Depressing as hell.

    Posted by: E. | Nov 4, 2009 10:59:12 AM

  12. Let's remember that Obama and the national Democrats did nothing to help the cause in Maine. Nothing is what we should do for Obama, let the coward fall on his face.

    Posted by: Alex 02139 | Nov 4, 2009 11:00:30 AM

  13. Let's be honest. If Jim Crow had been put to a vote we'd still have separate water fountains and bathrooms.

    Fuck the voters. Where's the Supreme Court?

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 4, 2009 11:00:54 AM

  14. While I'm very happy that we apparently have kept our DP rights in here in Washington State, my joy is tempered by the loss in Maine. For this reason, and the current legal chaos, I believe it is time to push, push, and shove for Federal rights.

    Call your Rep(s) and Senators, let them know how you feel and tell them Nadler has already started the ball rolling...

    Posted by: David R. | Nov 4, 2009 11:02:54 AM

  15. The Supreme Court is busy being stacked with Catholics and refusing to hear lawsuits from gay couples.

    Also, what kind of pathetic banana republic country allows minority rights to be decided by a majority vote?

    Posted by: Grimmlok | Nov 4, 2009 11:05:22 AM

  16. God gave you this victory? Your almighty Jebus delivered an AMAZING 6 pt victory? Wow. He really knows no limit. Give me a fucking break. If it was some sort of divine intervention don't ya think he would have had a wider spread? Glad he takes such an active role in state politics. You know, with EVERYTHING else on his plate. Those people are pathetic.

    Posted by: Tom@NWOH | Nov 4, 2009 11:08:25 AM

  17. Alexinboston, I think that quote was Gandhi—he was not a Muslim, but practiced Hinduism.

    Posted by: LD | Nov 4, 2009 11:08:32 AM

  18. You know that old peepaw is thinking about getting a BJ while she is on her knees....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Nov 4, 2009 11:09:44 AM

  19. In fear of sounding sacrilegious; Chapel Hill N.C. (I believe) just elected it's first gay mayor. The WA. referendum didn't pass, and the Cubs now have a lesbian owner. One can only conclude that God in his all encompassing power would have overturned all these issues in your favor if he found it so fit. This proves that this particular win only an expression of MAN"S prejudiced, bigotry, and ignorance that comes into play all too frequently.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 4, 2009 11:11:07 AM

  20. Fuck you Bigots and your "Santa Claus" you call god.

    Posted by: DairyQueen | Nov 4, 2009 11:13:05 AM

  21. Can we please all remember that not ALL Christians believe in this? Just like in our gay community, there are loudmouths in the Christian community that say stupid things and get all the press. The loudmouth gays don't speak for me, nor do the loudmouth Christians/Catholics. The vast majority of my friends are active in their respective churches and want me to be able to get married.

    Let's try this. Let's stop focusing on being "anti-religion" and focus on the fact that marriage is a CIVIL/LEGAL issue. Let's ignore the attacks of the religious loudmouths and debate issues. If our side continually bashes religion, we will never win. Remember, the vast majority of this country has religious beliefs. Let's not alienate everyone.

    Posted by: BC | Nov 4, 2009 11:14:22 AM

  22. These people are utterly deranged. It's the ones who have the least faith in their own marriages who are psychotic about "protecting" it from the faithless. And yet... the not-so-much-psycho-as-ignorant majority voted along with the mongoloid fundies - so, really, fuck Maine.

    Posted by: Donovan | Nov 4, 2009 11:14:27 AM

  23. God is always responsible when they win, the devil is always responsible when they lose.

    And these people are perhaps the most convincing evidence that we are little more than a bunch of self-inflated primates.

    Posted by: Wes | Nov 4, 2009 11:16:38 AM

  24. My God says your a douche bag.


    Posted by: Rad | Nov 4, 2009 11:18:28 AM

  25. thank you LD, and i still want to stress the point that Christ was right and so many of his followers are wrong!

    Posted by: alexinboston | Nov 4, 2009 11:29:19 AM

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