To the faithful who worked to defeat Question 1 in Maine

Written by Michael Schuenemeyer
November 4, 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I followed the Question 1 results in Maine, it was hard for me to put down the computer.  I just kept believing that returns would come in that would defeat the repeal of marriage equality.  It didn't happen.  I know my own disappointment about these results and I can only imagine the disappointment, anger, and frustration so many of you feel from our faith communities in Maine and beyond.  I want you to know that I am among a great number of friends and colleagues in the national setting who are surrounding you with our thoughts, prayers, and solidarity. 

As disappointing as the results are, there is one thing I am not disappointed about and that is the heart and soul effort you have given to this campaign.  The coalitions you built, the educational activities you led, conversations you engaged, the miles of pavement you covered as you marched, canvassed, phone banked and did a host of other things to change hearts and minds and get out the vote – all of this is a mighty testament and inspiration to all of us committed to the work of justice and equality.  You may not feel it today, but know that you have advanced the movement by your efforts.  Thank you for all you have done.

Keep the faith, trust the vision, take care of yourself and continue the journey because hope is greater than despair, love is greater than fear and equality is greater than discrimination.

With much love and gratitude,
and in faithful service,


Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
Minister for LGBT Concerns


Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115