To the Editors:

I write to urge the campus community to work and organize to oppose the November 3 referendum that would repeal Maine's marriage equality law. In 2000, I chaired the Judiciary Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives when it wrote what became known as the Civil Unions law. In 2007 I chaired a commission that took testimony around Vermont about same-sex marriage, and found that the hearts and minds of a strong majority of the state had learned to acknowledge and accept the right of gay and lesbian couples to civil marriage. Compared to the tumult and shouting over civil unions, the enactment of gay marriage has been a pretty subdued affair for most Vermonters. Don't let Maine lose this precious right.


Thomas A. Little '76