AP Laments Maine Marriage Victory
On Nov. 3, 53 percent of
Headlined “Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage,” the article called the repeal of the legislation that granted marriage for same-sex couples a “stinging defeat” for the gay rights movement and focused almost exclusively on the reactions of gays and lesbians. Framed around the thwarted wedding plans of a lesbian couple, the article contained three quotes from supporters of same sex-marriage and only one from an advocate for traditional marriage.
“Cecelia Burnett and Ann Swanson had already set their wedding date,” began the article. “When they joined about 1,000 other gay marriage supporters for an election night party in a Holiday Inn ballroom, they hoped to celebrate the vote that would make it possible.”
The conclusion of the article read, “For Burnett and Swanson, the July 10 wedding date – and a reception cruise on
AP reporters filled out the story with choice quotes from Burnett and other supporters – including one from Sarah Holman, who, “despite her conservative upbringing” voted to allow marriage between two men or two women.
“They love and they have the right to love. And we can't tell somebody how to love,” Holman told the AP.
“I'm ready to start crying,” Cecelia Burnett told the AP. “I don't understand what the fear is, why people are so afraid of this change.” She insisted, “It's a personal rejection of us and our relationship, and I don't understand what the fear is.”
Jesse Connolly, the campaign manager for No on 1/Protect
Frank Schubert, the chief organizer for Stand for Marriage Maine, provided the lone quote from the winning side.
“The institution of marriage has been preserved in
But as biased as this AP story was, at least the agency explored the story.
ABC and CBS gave brief mention to the victory for traditional values in their morning news reads, while NBC ignored the story.
Their reticence is strange, considering ABC and NBC both thought the
It's a compelling story.
At the very least it's worth a discussion about the proper relationship between state government and the judiciary versus the people.