This has been a personal issue for me, as I have many friends and family both gay and straight who live in Maine. As the voting day draws to a close and I see record turnout for an off-year election, my heart goes out to them and others who refuse to be relegated to "second-class citizen" status.
I believe it's ultimately ironic for equal marriage rights to be framed as a partisan issue when it should be EVERY American citizen's proposition that, indeed, all men and women are created equal and should be treated as such by the law that's duty-bound to protect them.
I hold great hope that the people of Maine will recognize the out-of-state proselytizers for who they really are and acknowledge their own responsibility in securing the future of their great state as a place of tolerance, hardiness and righteous attrition. I hope their message rings true all the way to D.C. - loud enough so the true federalists are woken from their slumber to undo what never should have been done in the first place.
So, I'll be watching and praying and thinking about our mutual friends whose lives were cut short and who were unable to see this day. I do so from the heart but also from the knowledge that it's the right thing to do.