Same Sex marriage moves forward in Maine.

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    Apr 29, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid81120.asp

    Maine Moves Toward Marriage Equality

    Marriage equality in Maine is coming closer to reality as a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage is headed to the full state house.
    The house judiciary committee voted Tuesday that LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom, "ought to pass." The legislation moved forward with a vote of 11 to 3.
    State representative Mark Bryant, a Democrat from Windham, told the Maine Broadcasting Network, "I just see it as you need equality, and it wasn't there. And I think this gives us a step in the direction of equality and…nondiscrimination." If Maine legalizes same-sex marriage, it will be the fourth New England state to do so, leaving just New Hampshire and Rhode Island out of the marriage-equality stronghold. New Hampshire's senate plans on taking up a marriage-equality bill on Wednesday.

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    Apr 29, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Over the summer when Prop-8 was all the rage, there was talk about a domino theory: if it passed then marriage would be defeated or delayed elsewhere. But since then Vermont, Iowa, DC (kinda), and Connecticut have all legalized it. Hope we add Maine and New Hampshire to the list real soon.
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    Apr 29, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    This fall there will be a people's veto if it passes through the Legislter and the Governor sign's it.

    WHEN the veto happens (there is no "if it happens") the vote will probably be close, but I bet we will lose.icon_cry.gif


    Then again, the other side has already lost... it is only a matter of time.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 29, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    This is great news, I hope Maine goes all the way and legalizes gay marriage and show neighboring New Hampshire how to get the job done right. Hopefully the primitive-minded religious right wing bigots will be drowned out and ignored in their protests against gay marriage in Maine. You damned well know that those goofy, brainless right wingers will be in Augusta to protest and try to halt progress in equality.
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    May 06, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    The governor of Maine signed the bill legalizing gay marriage:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/05/06/maine_lawmakers_ok_gay_marriage_governor_on_fence/
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    May 06, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidThis fall there will be a people's veto if it passes through the Legislter and the Governor sign's it.

    WHEN the veto happens (there is no "if it happens") the vote will probably be close, but I bet we will lose.icon_cry.gif


    Then again, the other side has already lost... it is only a matter of time.icon_lol.gif


    IT PASSED, and IT'S SIGNED! Stay positive, Scuba!!!!! We're routing for you!
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    May 06, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
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    cjcscuba1984 saidThis fall there will be a people's veto if it passes through the Legislter and the Governor sign's it.

    WHEN the veto happens (there is no "if it happens") the vote will probably be close, but I bet we will lose.icon_cry.gif


    Then again, the other side has already lost... it is only a matter of time.icon_lol.gif


    IT PASSED, and IT'S SIGNED! Stay positive, Scuba!!!!! We're routing for you!


    haha I'd rather be rational: hope for the best prepare for thr worst.
  • cmdrkoenig67

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    May 07, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    Yeah...it ain't over yet. We may still have a bit of a fight ahead of us.
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    May 08, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    cmdrkoenig67 saidYeah...it ain't over yet. We may still have a bit of a fight ahead of us.

    Yeah, I understand the Republicans are going to bring a petition forward, I think it needs around 58k signatures, that will force this to a voter referendum. Then there will be a battle like in California, with outside forces coming in, that will probably defeat gay marriage. Thank you once again, Republicans. icon_razz.gif
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    May 08, 2009 10:16 AM GMT
    It's official. The battle begins. It is Prop 8 "East Coast Style".

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iq4Y_woQg4NdYDDDLdXJCDpaRnVgD981L1SG1

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Couples anxious to wed under Maine's new gay marriage law may have a long wait. A formal challenge to it has been filed, setting into motion plans for a possible public vote that could be months or more than a year away.

    "We're very disappointed," said Steve Ryan of Buxton, who was looking forward to the new law with his partner, Jim Bishop. "We plan to get married as soon as we can. This is going to put our whole life on hold."

    Activists on both sides Thursday started working up strategies for campaigns leading up to a possible November referendum under a state constitutional provision known as the people's veto.

    "The wheels are turning," Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Maine's chief election official, said after opponents filed an application that sets the stage for the challenge process ahead
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    May 08, 2009 10:25 AM GMT
    That's too bad. It is really so tasteless and discourteous to protest other people's happiness. Fortunately, when we married in Massachusetts in 2004, the well-wishers hugely outnumbered the protesters. Yet, it was still sad that people were actually protesting our joy.

    Perhaps those of us in New England need to drive up to Maine (or take the DownEaster ;-)) and throw some well-wishing up that way.
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    May 08, 2009 10:29 AM GMT
    If our side doesn't fight as dirty as did the prop 8 people in CA, we are fools. It's necessary to start pointing out the pure lunacy of the right's arguments about same sex marriage. Make people see that they're allowing the crazies to run the asylum.
  • cmdrkoenig67

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    Sep 05, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    The Equality in Marriage campaign has had a great ad on tv for more than two months now...I haven't seen any opposing ads, though.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 05, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    Effing. Love. Maine.