The program is hosted by Gwen Baldwin, who states at the beginning that "marriage may seem simple on the surface, but I think that we will find.....that it's not so simple. In fact, it's much more complicated than it appears.|
Baldwin interviews various people who give their views on why they are voting no on this amendment. The first guest is Pastor Gail McDougal, a pastor of 30 years, now at First Congregational Church in Salem, who lists three reasons for voting against this amendment. "The first being that I don't believe that we should use the Constitution to restrict the rights or ban the rights of people, or any group of people to create a second class kind of citizenship. Rather, a constituion I believe, at both the national and state level is about extending rights to people."
"Number two, the flip side of that argument is to ask ourselves the question whys should heterosexual couples be extended special rights and privileges that are restricted from another group."
"And number three is, unlike many people from other religious communities who see this Constitutional Amendment as a religious issue or a spiritual issue, I think I'm able to distinguish between what I would call that meeting point of the constitutional issues about marriage and the spiritual issues and ecclesiastical practices around marriage."
Gwen, the host then asks: "Is there consensus among traditions of faith around same sex marriage and Constitutional Amendment 36." According to the pastor, "no, there is a number of opinions, there is no consensus, and I beleive that this is part of the confusion about the debate."
Gwen continues interviewing many people from various walks of life during the remainder of this 28 1/2 minute audio file, providing information and perspectives hoping to help others make the decision to vote against this Constitutional Amendment on Novemeber 2, 2004.
No On Constitutional Amendment 36