Commend Maine and Maryland for Legalizing Gay Marriage

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Target: Maine and Maryland Voters

Goal: Commend voters for voting for marriage equality in Maine and Maryland

For the first time in United States’ history, same-sex marriage was granted to the residents of Maine and Maryland through a ballot referendum. These two states were the first states to achieve marriage equality through the ballot, a measure which has been rejected over 30 times. The other six states that allow same-sex marriage all had to rely on the legislature and court rulings for legalization, and not by the popular vote of the people. This is a huge step for the United States and we must commend the voters in Maine and Maryland for making a progressive step in history.

After the Presidential election, results revealed that same-sex marriage is now allowed in two more states. The significance of this win for the gay community is huge. The fact that same-sex marriage was acquired through the direct vote of the people shows that people are starting to become more accepting of same-sex marriage. Marriage is a right that everyone should have, and it should definitely not be left up to the select legislatures to decide for the rest of us. However, in this country, same-sex marriage must be granted and since that is the case, it should be done by the popular vote and not by legislative rulings.

Other wins for the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community were in Wisconsin and Iowa. In Wisconsin, Democrat Tammy Baldwin won the Senate seat. Baldwin will be the first openly homosexual politician elected into the chamber. Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who contributed to the 2009 ruling that allowed marriage equality on equal protection grounds, kept his seat.

Although these steps have been monumental for the LGBT community, many more steps still need to be taken before everyone can be treated equally. Gay people are not any different from heterosexual people. They should not be discriminated against, and worst of all, they should not be forbidden from marriage just because they may not fit the social norms. Maine and Maryland voters did a great thing when they voted for marriage equality and they should be recognized for their progressive and humane actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Voters of Maine and Maryland,

I would like to commend you for voting for equal marriage rights. This is the first time that same-sex marriage has been legalized through the ballot referendum, which has failed over 30 times. You have joined the other six states in the country in the movement for marriage equality, and I hope your actions will influence others to follow suit.

Marriage is a right for all people and it should not be decided by the court. But since that is the case, it should be decided by the popular vote so that everyone can be heard. Homosexual people deserve all the rights as everyone else and it is great that you guys felt the same way.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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