Author: Conner Drigotas

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Fairness Center. Prior to joining the Fairness Center, Conner managed local, state, and federal political campaigns, and worked in the financial industry developing financial strategies for at-risk populations. Conner earned his MBA from Lehigh University and holds undergraduate degrees in Government & Law and Psychology from Lafayette College. A native Mainer, Conner enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time hunting, camping, and fishing with his wife Danielle. All opinions expressed are his own.

I’m One of Thousands who Left Maine and Hasn’t Returned

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I was born in Maine in 1990, making me 28 years old. I was raised in Maine, went to high school in Maine and love my home state.

As I packed my bags to head off to college in 2009, I was going to live outside of Maine for the first time in my life. I planned to spend four years away, then return (better educated) to live and work in the home I love.

That was the plan.

Almost a decade later, however, I still have not moved back.

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Government Does not Belong in the Marriage Business

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I recently officiated my younger brothers wedding.

It was a Southern Maine outdoor venue, and everything went perfectly. The ceremony solemnized their love and the union of two families. Everyone in attendance was happy… and the state of Maine was very happy too. You see, instead of sending a note of congratulations, the state of Maine sent an invoice — demanding a fee for the privilege of falling in love. My brother was required to pay $40.00 for the permission of the state to get married.

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Maj Toure, Candidate for Philly City Council, Off to Fast Start

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Hip hop artist turned Second Amendment Advocate Maj Toure announced he has raised more than $20,000 and secured over 100 volunteers in his bid for an at-large City Council seat.

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Fixing Addiction From the Ground Up

Conner Drigotas | @CDrigs44

Chief Robert MacKenzie runs a police department in Kennebunk, Maine, a town of just over 11,000 citizens. It is a tourist town with a small, tight-knit community on the coast. His plans to fix the opioid crisis in America, however, are anything but small. Maine sits near the top of a notorious list. It’s ranked in the top ten for most opioid deaths in the country. In 2016, there were 301 opioid-related overdose deaths in Maine, a rate of 25.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, nearly double the national rate. Maine has struggled with drug and addiction problems for years, and the solutions have been slim and ineffective from the statehouse in Augusta.

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LGBTQ Rights Are Natural Human Rights

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2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment. In part, it says that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

That sentence appears to be pretty clear — not a single individual should be given preferential treatment in the eyes of the law.

Yet, someone recently told me that they believe being gay is a choice, and therefore, sexual orientation should not receive protection under the law. In short, I was asked, “Why should gay people be afforded the same benefits in marriage as heterosexual couples?”

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