There's a change that's happening across the country, and last night we saw that change reflected here in Maine. Every day more and more people are coming to realize that allowing loving, committed couples to marry strengthens our families and our communities.
I deeply appreciate the voters in these four states standing up for what is right. It is nice to know that, were I living in the states that affirmed marriage equality, I would have the same rights as everybody else.
It must be a little frightening when the world spins forward without you; there is powerlessness in realizing that you are being left behind. And for my mom, that's exactly what's happening. Even as she stubbornly withholds her vote, she knows this much is true: My family is already the future.
Of all the lies that anti-gay campaigns are airing to scare voters away from supporting marriage equality, the most absurd is the claim that marriage doesn't really matter -- or shouldn't matter -- for committed gay couples.
One of the anti-marriage-equality ads in Maine splashes these dire outcomes across the screen: "Fired. Sued. Fined. Punished." In it, a spokesman for Maine's 2009 campaign to repeal the freedom to marry, a school guidance counselor, claims, "They tried to get me fired."