Cross your fingers for Maine MArriage Equality Today!

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    Apr 22, 2009 8:30 AM GMT
    Today there is a public hearing in the capital concerning a bill in the legislator to legalize same-sex marriage. It will most likely pass.

    But the other side is prepared to fight. There is a 12-hr hearing today. Both sides will testify in front of the Judciary Committee.

    We aren't concerned withe the Legislature. When gay marriage passes (most likely) The other side will propose a "people's veto."

    In Maine--like many other states, citizens can gather together to send certain issues to the people via a people's veto and override the Legislature of courts.

    So, this fall, we will be voting on gay marriage! I'm kinda scared though. It will not be pretty. But there is hope!

    http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/6231938.html
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    Apr 22, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
    Fingers Crossed!!!!!!!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 22, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    Wait, they call people from Maine "Mainers"? Really?

    Odd.
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    Apr 22, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    What are the chances Gov. John Baldacci will sign the bill?

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    Apr 22, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    turtlesarecool saidWait, they call people from Maine "Mainers"? Really?

    Odd.


    Actually, we refer to ourselves as "Maineiacs" to each other, but "Mainers" to "folks from away".

    PLEASE keep your fingers crossed for us, then come up for a visit!
  • Rookz

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    Apr 22, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    Hell Yeah! Just gotha keep this ball rolling for equality!
  • metta

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    Apr 22, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    Live Stream Of The Debate Here

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-maine-campus
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    Apr 22, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    Good luck Maine!!
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    Apr 22, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    I've heard Maine's governor said he would sign it into law, but have no definative proof. Fingers and toes crossed for Maine!!!!! Seems the northeast gets it. Maybe it is the cold air that does it. LOL
  • metta

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    Apr 22, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    Some guy is asking people to support polygamy.


    Yeah....finally....the supporters. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 22, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    I'm watching the live debate now
  • metta

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    Apr 22, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    I'm having a little trouble with the feed...

    if you are as well....try this audio link:

    http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/civic_ctr_apr.html


    Some of these stories are just wonderful!
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    Apr 22, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    MaineDiver said
    turtlesarecool saidWait, they call people from Maine "Mainers"? Really?

    Odd.


    Actually, we refer to ourselves as "Maineiacs" to each other, but "Mainers" to "folks from away".


    I'm all for it. In Ohio we call ourselves "Buckeyes", and the last thing I want to do is be labeled something symbolized by Thad Matta and Jim Tressel!
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    Apr 22, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
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    Surrounded by her family, including partner Sue Uhlenhake and their one-year-old son Ben, self-described "proud resident of Brewer", Bev Uhlenhake testifies before the Maine Legislature's Judiciary Committee in support of LD 1020. Sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, LD 1020 would legalize same-sex marriage in Maine.

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    Supporters outnumbered opponents roughly four to one as the legislative hearing got under way about 9:30 a.m. About 3,000 people filled the auditorium.
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    Bev Uhlenhake of Brewer told the committee she was afraid to tell her beloved grandfather, a devoted Catholic, that she and her partner, Sue Mitchell Ulenhake, had a commitment ceremony in 2006, the same year he marked his 60th wedding anniversary.

    “At their quite large anniversary party, Grandpa gave me ‘the look’ and told me he had a few words for me,” she told the committee. “I may be a grown woman, but the look and words shook me to the core. I knew I was in trouble.

    “At the end of the afternoon, Grandpa caught up with me,” she continued. “He said, ‘I understand you and Sue got married.

    “’Yes’, I said.

    “’Well, bless ol’ Miss Mitchell,’ he said, with tears in his eyes. ‘That’s great news.’”

    Uhlenhake’s grandfather, Ben Droesch, died last year so he would not be able to see them married if LD 1020 is passed. She “begged” the committee to allow her grandfather to see them married “from heaven.”

    “He and my grandmother may not understand homosexuality, but they do understand love and commitment, and that your husband or wife is the most important partner in life,” she concluded. “We want to show our son what a partnership like theirs is like. We want him to learn, by example, how to treat someone with love, respect and caring. We want him to have the same sort of comfort that comes from that binding commitment that is marriage.”

    The Uhlenhake’s one-year-old son is named for Ben Droesch, she told the committee.
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    http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/104338.html
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    Apr 23, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    OutdoorMutt saidWhat are the chances Gov. John Baldacci will sign the bill?



    100%
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    Apr 23, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    turtlesarecool saidWait, they call people from Maine "Mainers"? Really?

    Odd.


    Actually we pronounce it "Main-ahs"

    *replace an ending "r" sound with an "ah" sound.

    Ex: "I drove the caah very faah"
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    Apr 23, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    By the way... in the Picture above... see a lot of people with red on?

    Those are supporters of this gay marriage bill.


    I know RI is also trying to pushe ahead on gay marriage as well as NH.

    Soon, all of New England will have gay Marriage! I a proud to be from the Northeast!
  • metta

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    Apr 23, 2009 7:32 AM GMT
    The stories from the supporters were just wonderful and very touching. Loved them. I felt like it was kind of a gay verion of This American Life.
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    Apr 23, 2009 10:18 AM GMT
    I listened to a couple of hours worth of the testimony. There were many excellent speakers. Of course, there were a number of wackos mixed in as well. We all have our share of far right wing nut jobs.