Right now I feel like I did on November 5, 2008. The candidates and measures that I voted (and lobbied) for all won their respective offices, but in another state, gay marriage was voted down. Last year, Californians went to the polls to strip away marriage--equal protection--rights from gay couples. In 2009, in Maine, voters went to the polls, driven by the same fear tactics used in California, to do the same. While we may be 'losing' at present, rest assured that this is not the end. We're not going to just go away and accept your own insecurities and bigotry as the law of the land.
Update: 12:59pm (Eastern) - With 589 of 605 (97%) of Maine's precincts reporting, the totals are now: 298,002 voting 'Yes' (reject the same-sex marriage law) and 266,599 voting 'No' (uphold the same-sex marriage law). That's 52.78% to 47.22%, and a difference of 31,403 votes.
While the ballots are still being counted here in Washington state, it looks as though Referendum 71--on whether or not to allow a legislative bill expanding the rights and responsibilities of domestic partners to pass--is going to be approved by the electorate. We could not have done this without your support, outreach, and most importantly, your vote. This is a big win for us today, and I couldn't be happier.
On that note, I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of my friends, family members, and coworkers for putting up with my incessant heckling to get their voter registration up-to-date and voting. Your support means the world to me (and to everyone in the gay community). Again, thank you. Now, let's roll up our sleeves and get to work!