A Maine mother wants to know if she can share her story with you

When I got to Portland today, my Maine mother really wanted me to read this op-ed, “Gender aside, this family’s story is all about love and commitment,” which appeared in today’s Press Herald. It’s quite beautiful and really captures the way people in Maine think and live. The author is Margaret Daros and she wants Mainers to vote No on 1. Here’s why:

May I share my story with you?

I will be 60 in another month. I was born in Massachusetts, but have lived in Maine for 35 years, more than half my life.

I live with the man I married 36 years ago. He was a Marist monk from the age of 15 until 25, and attended Catholic schools as a young boy. I grew up in an Irish Catholic household. We met and married at Holy Cross College in Worcester, where Dennis was an assistant dean of students.

This weekend we will travel to Massachusetts with our family to celebrate my parents’ 62nd wedding anniversary.

My Mom has lived in a nursing home for the past year because she has Alzheimer’s disease. My parents will both be 86 years old this month, and nearly every day, my dad makes an hourlong, round-trip from his home to be with her.

My life partner and I have two adult sons. Our youngest lives in Portland. He is a graduate of Brunswick High School where he played basketball and baseball, and hoped to play football but was sidelined with a stress fracture in his freshman year.

Our oldest son, John, graduated from Waterville High School, president of his class and an altar boy at a local Catholic Church. He now lives outside Boston with his partner, Greg. They have been together for five years, married two years ago in Massachusetts followed by a memorable and emotional four-day wedding celebration with more than 100 guests on Southport Island in Maine. My young niece from Texas called it the “best wedding ever!”

Read the rest.

The positive messages from supporters of marriage equality are really in stark contrast to the ugliness spewing from the anti-gay forces, led by the Catholic Bishop, Richard Malone. From what I’ve heard over the past few hours, many of the Bishop’s flock are pretty angry with him.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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