“On one level, our suffering is caused by bigotry and dogmatism and all these things, but ultimately we suffer because we don't understand how limitless we are. You could say that we live in a fantasy, that what we call reality is actually a dream.”—Pema ChödrönPORTLAND, Maine — Voters in the northeastern state of Maine repealed a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed, dealing the gay rights movement a heartbreaking defeat in the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage.
Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine — known for its moderate, independent-minded electorate — and mounted an energetic, well-financed campaign.
With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, gay-marriage foes had 53 percent of the votes.
"The institution of marriage has been preserved in Maine and across the nation," declared Frank Schubert, chief organizer for the winning side.
Gay-marriage supporters conceded early Wednesday.
"We're in this for the long haul," said Jesse Connolly, manager of the pro-gay marriage campaign. "For next week, and next month, and next year — until all Maine families are treated equally. Because in the end, this has always been about love and family and that will always be something worth fighting for."
At issue was a law passed by the Maine Legislature.
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today's sound choice is a collaboration. the music is from the genius that is craig armstrong and it's combined with a massive attack cut called after the storm. these audio tidbits are layered with an audio and visual track that was homemade in bristol in the summer of 2006. i actually love the sound of rain-no- it's not raining where i am today- (outside at least). here is a taste of craig armstrong's "after the storm" you can find this song and others on the "back to mine" compilation by talvin singh.