Certain people on AMG like to pick out certain Republican candidates and build them up. The most recent one seems to be Paul LePage, Mayor of Waterville, who is running for Governor. Fans include John Frary (a.k.a. FLAMMENWERFER), who introduced LePage at a Waterville event, user Lefty, mystic Roger Ek, someone named Blue Jay, and the ever-important Mark Turek. With fans like that, I have pretty-much accepted that I will be living under LePage leadership next year and decided to learn a little bit about what it would be like.
Some things I did not expect. For instance, I found a Matthew Gagnon interview at pinetreepolitics.com wherein Mr. LePage discusses marriage equality. While noting that he planned to vote for Question One (the interview was in October), Mr. LePage made the following statement:
“I don’t believe that the state should be in the marriage business. The State, for years and years and years, has been trying to sanitize religion out of government. So if they’re truly intent on doing that, I think what the legislature should have done is simply say, okay folks, we’re going to have a civil union. And anyone that wants to have a contract to say that they want all the freedoms, they have a civil union. If you want to have a marriage we’ll leave that up to the churches. So I go one step further than many [be]cause I say if you’re going to get married by the State, its a civil union, period. Whether you’re a homosexual, lesbian, heterosexual. Everybody. That way everybody gets the same legal standing.”
This is important. Paul LePage would allow committed homosexual couples the same legal standing as heterosexual couples. Furthermore, by leaving marriage “up to the churches,” he’d allow lots of homosexuals to marry because there are many, many churches in Maine that would marry homosexuals. So everyone could marry except for people that don’t have a church to marry them. Sorry, athiests, you get to go down on one knee and ask, “would you sign my contract?” But everyone else, and it seems Mr. LePage really means everyone else, could get married.
Do Roger Ek, Mark Turek and company understand Mr. LePage’s position? Are they giving money to a person that could make their own marital relationships and homosexual relationships absolutely equivalent? I would relish the irony of a democratic legislature passing Governor LePage’s marriage plan.