Well, Maine’s legislature and governor just adopted a redefinition of marriage. The momentum, it will be suggested, is just toward the inevitable. I mean, after all, as “Maine goes, so goes the nation,” as the saying used to go.
Vermont and Maine (today) became the only states to adopt this redefinition by democratic and constitutional means. Is there an inevitable trend somewhere?
Curiously, Maine and Vermont were the only states to vote for Alf Landon in 1936. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1936
Suffice it to say, in identifying “inevitable” trends, I would still rather be with FDR than Landon in 1936.
But the polls suggest increasing approval for this new definiion, at least among young people. True. Still, I’ll be willing to consider the apparent inevitability of this new definition once traditional marriage actually starts losing some referenda. And it looks like the voters in Maine (but not Vermont) will have a chance to make their voices heard.