Monday, April 18, 2011

Yes on "Question 1"

I can't wait to see "Question 1," a documentary about the sadly successful fight to repeal Maine's same-sex marriage law. The filmmakers got permission from both sides in 2009 to shoot the campaign up close and personal.

It's not that I want to re-experience our loss. Masochism has never done it for me.

The film humanizes both camps, and according to Bill Nemitz, columnist for The Portland Press Herald, one major player "could well steal the show" for revealing his doubts about the way the anti-gay-marriage crusade was conducted.

Marc Mutty, chairman of the anti-gay Yes on 1 campaign, had a conscience. Talk about a handicap.

In a strategy session during the contest, Mutty notes, "You know, we say things like 'Teachers will be forced to (teach same-sex marriage in schools)!' Well, that's not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn't, you know?"

Elsewhere he hopes "for forgiveness for the ways in which I might have betrayed my own self in this endeavor."

Undoubtedly Mutty's priest has absolved him for betraying himself. For betraying Maine's gay citizens, well, forgiveness is trickier. Perhaps ten mea culpas and an appearance at Portland Pride will do it.

"Question 1," from filmmakers Joe Fox and James Nubile, probably won't be out until fall. For now you can check out the trailer as well as additional video on the movie's Facebook page.

Warning: Scenes of graphic frustration as people are returned to second-class status.