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    Posted November 3, 2009 by
    Portland, Maine
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     PAPERMOONER told me, 'One of the most moving things for me was seeing all the young Democrats in America who were so committed to progress and tolerance.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Last week after phone banking from my home in Potomac, MD for the NO on Question #1 in Maine, I received an invitation from an offshoot fo the campaign called: DRIVE FOR EQUALITY, inviting me to volunteer to help preserve marriage rights for the citizens of Maine.  I leapt at the opportunity but opted for a flight instead of the drive as there was no time to spare.


    From the moment I arrived the thing that most captured my heart and soul was seeing so many devoted, hard-working young people hailing from various states, taking to their cars, dropping their personal lives and needs and devoting inordinate passion, selflessness and commitment to ensuring Mainers do not lose the precious right of belonging firmly and unquestionably to the family of Americans who enjoy their civil rights without caveats.


    As a gay man myself, who has been in a committed relationship with my Mainer partner for sixteen years, I was heartbroken upon learning of the injunction against the new law, as I was already in preparations to come up to Maine with our families and friends from around the world, to celebrate the solemn blessing that a full tilt marriage could afford us in his home state.  I had selected a lighthouse to perform the ceremony as a symbol of light and hope for all GLBT members of the American family who could finally walk arm in arm with their fellow citizens and proclaim proudly, I am a gay human being who is in love and committed to another human being.


    Those hopes were momentarily crushed.  But after hearing of the inordinate numbers of young voters who are transforming the landscape of America from an intolerant and bigoted history, toward a nobler, more tolerant and united nation, wherein all Americans are equal in every sense of the law, just as we were briefly after the Twin Towers fell and no American was catagorized as either Republican or Democrat or Black or White or Oriental but simply as an American.


    The images I have captured here are a reflection of the new age coming to our land at the hands of our more enlightened youth.  I met young students from YALE who came down in a caravan of love with Fruit Loops and Peanut Butter to walk and walk and talk and talk.


    I met the inspired young members of California Young Democrats who took to the skies in droves to make it out here to Portland and who brought an incalculable contribuition by their exuberance to the doorsteps of Mainers who should be honored that so many came from so far to salvage and preserve Mainers desire for equaltiy.


    There are the members of MASS EQUALITY and countless other adults who joined in this historic Get Out The Vote.


    May love prevail.

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