Many of our readers are aware of the battleground New England has become in the gay marriage debate.
A story that might have been missed elsewhere yesterday proved just how intense it is, and will become.
The old journalism adage of following the money to find the story became easy to locate when it was announced a public relations firm which helped raised drive the defeat of Proposition 8 in California is coming to Maine.
Perhaps as soon as November and almost certainly by June 2010, Maine voters will have the chance whether to uphold or turn down the state’s gay marriage law at the ballot box.
Bob Emrich, a pastor and founder of The Jeremiah Project, which is one of the petition drive leaders in the state, told Everyday Christian earlier this week the national spotlight is already starting to shine brightly in his state. And with good reason as Maine could, potentially, give gay marriage supporters the nod of the voters for the first time, a tantalizing political coup.
Now with a clear sign that the out-of-state cash is coming in – as it inevitably will for gay marriage supporters – deeper trenching of political battle lines will begin.
Add in questions about whether strongly Catholic Rhode Island will approve gay marriage after its governor’s term expires next year, and New England could soon have a new iconic status for its storied history.
Whether it gets it – or wants it – is a story which requires close observation.