It’s about 12:30 AM, the morning after Election Day, and I feel rather, well — not great. At this point, the vote in Maine on Question 1 is, at best, too-close-to-call, although we can hope for the best.
Either way, it ended up being close, and the cause has to continue. We know there are those forces trying to continue discrimination. But love is greater than hate, and I know eventually equality will prevail — in Maine, here, and everywhere.
Nevertheless, the reality is that the next effort to turn back the clock will be right here in New Hampshire come this January. Legislation has been entered to repeal House Bill 436 and marriage equality. The 2010 Legislative Session begins in just 8 weeks, and that means we have work to do now.
We won last Spring by keeping in mind that whatever vote we had “yesterday,” whether it was a victory or a setback, wasn’t as important as the next vote we had to take on the issue. We kept looking forward, expanding our supporters, and eventually we won.
I’m confident we will hold onto our supporters in the House and Senate, and that Governor John Lynch will remain steadfast in his strong support for equality. But it would be good to “max out” on our support in the Legislature in a few months.
Whatever the final result in Maine, and no matter how close, WE CAN DO THIS. We can have marriage equality, and hold it here. But it will take continued work. We have to remain optimistic, and continue looking forward.
And BlueHampshire.com Bloggers will be needed as much as ever to help get the word out. Last Spring, they made the difference. They can again. We need everyone.
For all our friends in Maine who put their hearts and souls in the fight, our thoughts should be with them, and our congratulations for their efforts. I’m hoping when I wake up I’ll see a wonderful headline. Either way, the adventure continues…