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Marriage equality opponent expresses regret for false claims in Maine repeal

Marriage equality opponent expresses regret for false claims in Maine repeal

“Question 1” is a new documentary shot during Maine’s successful 2009 campaign to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, utilizing interviews from both sides leading players and volunteers.

In the documentary, “Yes On 1” chairman Marc Mutty expresses regret for his role. Mutty also acknowledges that his campaign’s claim that “same-sex marriage will be taught in schools” was untrue.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the take-away in this documentary, which was filmed during the campaign on the condition that it not be screened before the election, is the regret expressed by the leader of the anti-gay initiative.

Says Marc Mutty, public affairs director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine, and chair of the “Yes on 1” campaign in the film’s trailer:

“This has been a f**kin’ son of a bitch. This has been awful. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it … I fear I’ll be remembered for the work I did on this campaign … [I’m asking…] for forgiveness for the ways in which I might have betrayed my own self in this endeavor.”

Make sure you go see it.

Watching the trailer is almost too difficult for me. This issue has become such an over-riding issue for me I can barely watch the bigots. I read posted somewhere recently:

“What does the word of God say about collecting a dead spouse’s social security? What does the word of God say about spousal privilege in legal cases? What does the word of God say about the tax code for married couples? CIVIL marriage has nothing to do with some people’s particular interpretation of what they think is the word of God. CIVIL marriage isn’t religious marriage.”

And that pretty much sums it all up for me. I’m tired of the “religious” – who aren’t that religious – using the Bible and the “word of God” to protect themselves from the label “bigot” – which is exactly what they are. I’m really done with it.

Equal is equal. No one wants to (here come the buzz words and catch phrases and talking points – pay attention) “redefine marriage.” All anyone wants is to have the SAME rights as everyone else. That’s why America is the great country it’s supposed to be. Not special rights – equal rights.

Stepping off the soapbox now. Go see the movie.

And vote.

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