Editor's Note: Guest blogger Jules Mayfield is an educator and activist who has worked with Mainers United/Equality Maine with the Yes On One campaign for the last seven months. Ze and hir partner have been engaged for seven months, as well, and hope to be married in Maine in March 2013. When ze is not working on gay marriage, ze is a Women and Gender Studies/Sociology student and CEO of an erotic film company.
To everyone who ever said "no." To the ones with bags full of useless merchandise milling about a shopping district who claimed they had no money to give to my cause; to the ones who slammed the phone down in disgust, claiming they were tired of hearing about "politics;" to the ones who told me they would never, ever, under any circumstances vote in favor of supporting a love they thought was unlike and inferior to their own; To the ones who told me I was going to hell, that they were voting against it for my own good, that a vengeful god will punish those who use their bodies to love in a way some call "sodomy,"
Thank you for showing me the virtues of perseverance, humility, and patience. Of believing in myself, and allowing myself to believe in a dream beyond the narrow scapes of fear, cruelty, and ambivalence. I am a stronger, smarter, and braver person for your existence, and I cannot thank you enough.
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