The issue of same sex marriage and LGBT equality has been a major topic among social politics over the last few years and is gaining steam with each passing election. Social conservatives have fought back against allowing members of the LGBT community any equal rights, pushing back attempts to pass same sex marriage amendments.
In November, voters in the state of Maine will go to the polls and vote whether to pass same sex marriage. According to a poll released by the Maine People's Resource Center, 58% of voters in Maine support legalizing same sex marriage. Of course, like many attempts at legalizing LGBT equality, there are opponents. According to a report from the Boston Globe last month, Michael Heath and Paul Madore, two long time opponents of same-sex marriage and LGBT equality, have formed the No Special Rights PAC to show their opposition this coming November. Health and Madore have been fighting LGBT equal rights for over two decades, as Health was the executive director of the Christian Civic League while Madore was the head of the anti-gay group, Maine Grassroots Coalition.
Conservative opposition towards same sex marriage and equality is common, as they overturned a law that legalized same-sex marriage three years ago in Maine. In 2012, Maine activists might have gone too far with the No Special Rights PAC. As Think Progress reports, activists from the No Special Rights PAC attended the University of Maine this week during "pride week" and handed out their "truth pledge."
The "truth pledge" makes a list of eleven ideas/rules that must be followed. The top four on the list make it clear what the anti-gay movement thinks of same sex equality.
1. Go to the polls and vote NO on Sodomy Based Marriage in November.
2. Find ten people who each contribute $50 to No Special Rights PAC before September 1,2 2012.
3. Use the term “Sodomy Based Marriage” and avoid the deceptive terms “same sex or gay marriage.”
4. Inform my friends and neighbors that the term “same sex marriage” contains two contradictory terms, and is therefore, illogical, false, and absurd.
Within the first four items on the list, the No Special Rights PAC makes it clear they want your money, your friend's money and that same sex marriage is somehow is "illogical, false, and absurd." Throughout the pledge, the PAC continues to drive home their message of hate, all with the hope that they can get money from uninformed conservative voters by pushing a message of fear. The pledge ends with a prayer to god.
"Pray that God will deliver our State and Country from this attack by demonic force, and that marriage between man and woman will be restored to its rightful place of honor, to the glory of Almighty God."
Voters in Maine are going through something that is not just happening in their state, but throughout the entire country. Whether it's in the North, South, East or West, super PACs have generated enough money to buy a message and promote it to the people. African Americans and women have fought equal rights since the creation of the United States, and as they continue to struggle at times, LGBT Americans have just as hard of a battle on their hands.