The ridiculous thing is that just over the border from Maine - and aside from the rest of New England - is Canada where people have been getting gay-married for years and society hasn't fallen apart. No churches have been forced to perform same-sex marriages, no school children are being brainwashed into becoming gay, it's just... there. At the end of the day it really doesn't affect anyone besides the couple actually getting married.
But i forget sometimes, America is a strange beast. There is an interracial couple on Amazing Race at the moment, they're from Tennessee. For some reason they feel the need to bring up how groundbreaking their relationship is every five seconds. It's actually painful to watch, living in a city where this sort of thing doesn't even raise an eyebrow. I guess their ostentatiousness is a product of it still (!) being some weird freaky thing where they come from and that's their way of dealing with the attention. It just goes to show half the country is still living 50 years in the past and they don't even realize it. If they're still struggling with the idea of a black girl marrying a white guy then God forbid they accept a guy of any color marrying another guy of any color. It's scary how out of touch that is from the reality in the urban centers.
I'd still like to visit, though. The south, the country. Just perhaps not holding hands with my partner.
Yeah, it's scary, but fascinating too. One of the things i love about America is how wildly different the politics are from one part of the country to the next. Democrats in conservative states can be more conservative than Republicans in liberal states and vice versa... Which is probably why it takes so freakin long for anything useful to come out of the federal legislature, because even representatives on the same party can't agree on how things should go. One more argument for new federalism, i guess. Bla bla repeal DOMA etc. I'll stop boring y'all now.