We had had a glimmer of hope that the people of Maine might, indeed, become the first state to ratify marriage equality at the ballot box. It was not to be.
I do have faith, though, that somewhere, sooner or later, it will happen.
Where we live, our fellow residents fairly soundly passed a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage three years ago.
Since then, though, we've been seeing billboards like these pop up around the area.
They touch me every time I see them.
And I think that's what it's going to take: More and more people finding out that people who live near them and interact in their lives just happen to be gay. Over time, I hope they'll come to see that the rights and privileges all of us get who are fortunate enough to be able to marry the partner of our dreams belong to those whose partners, and dreams, are different from their own.
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