Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Will it be Mainely "yes" or Mainely "no"?

Today Mainers went to the polls to vote. On the ballot is a referendum to repeal last year's law approving same sex marriage.

So I'm following the twittersphere (and watching So You Think You Can Dance) for results as they come in. Polls indicated that it would be a very close vote...

from (Associated Press)
...The contest is considered too close to call, and both campaigns worked vigorously — with rallies, phone calls, e-mails and ads — to be sure their supporters cast votes in the off-year election.

If voters uphold the law, it will be the first time the electorate in any state has endorsed marital rights for same-sex couples, energizing activists nationwide and deflating a long-standing conservative argument that gay marriage lacks popular support.

Conversely, a repeal — in New England, the corner of the country most receptive to same-sex marriage — would be a jolting setback for the gay-rights movement and mark the first time voters overturned a gay-marriage law enacted by a legislature. When Californians voters rejected gay marriage a year ago, it was in response to a court ruling, not legislation.

Of course, I am hoping for a "no" victory. A "no" vote would represent a repudiation of those vile attack ads that the so called family values wing-nuts mounted.

What is with Americans? Of course there are good, compassionate and tolerant Americans in America, but, my god - the level of hate, bigotry, and absolute ignorance coming out of Fox News and other right wing media is unbelievable.

And what bothers me the most is that a huge number of these nuts are home-schooling their kids because they don't want them exposed to radical ideas like "evolution" or "global warming".

They're handing down to their children prejudices and beliefs that will not only add to the dumbing down of America, but will extinguish any hope that America could once again illuminate the world as a torch of liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Now I'm going to get back to what Americans can do extremely well - banal entertainment, and watch the rest of SYTYCD before I raise my old heart rate to a level exceeding my warranty.

I leave you with two beautiful and touching musical numbers from two great Broadway composers. Rogers and Hammerstein, who in South Pacific, wrote what was at the time, a very controversial song about intolerance: "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught' and Stephen Sondheim's "Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods.

They are sung by none other than Broadway 'Babs" herself. Enjoy.

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