breaking news: Maine Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:44 PM GMT

    Maine Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

    The Maine senate voted, 20-15, moments ago to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
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    The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. LD 1020 was approved late this morning by a vote of 20 to 15. But more votes on the measure are expected in the Senate this afternoon, specifically on an amendment that would allow the measure to go out to referendum, a strategy Governor John Baldacci says he favors.

    Maine Senate backs gay marriage on first vote
    By The Associated Press
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Gay marriage legislation in Maine has moved to the full Legislature. And in initial voting, supporters have won the opening tally.
    After extended and emotional debate Thursday, the state Senate voted 20-15 to give its preliminary approval.
    Immediately, however, one of the senators who voted No — Republican David Hastings of Fryeburg — introduced an amendment from the floor that would send the issue directly out to statewide voters in November.
    That move prompted Democratic Majority Leader Philip Bartlett of Gorham to request a recess.
    The House of Representatives has already adjourned until next Tuesday, so the bill can't come up for preliminary consideration there until then.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    Glad to see it. Hopefully more states will make these changes.. I'm still amazed Iowa did... perhaps with time and education, even a state like Kansas (did I actually say that???) would adopt....
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 30, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    This is excellent news, Maine's state senate approves a gay marriage bill. Now if it goes for public referendum, this is where the very hard work in earning yes votes comes into play. Hopefully pro gay marriage forces in Maine have their resources well funded, organized and ready to fight off a blistering, negative attack from the religious right. They must hit the air waves and newspapers and on-line sites with as much positive, educational information about the benefits of gay marriage as humanly and financially possible.
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    May 01, 2009 10:21 AM GMT
    If and when it comes to a public vote, and I expect that it will, I believe that you will see an East Coast replay of the Prop 8 circus. Expect huge amounts of out of state money to be spent to convince Maine voters that equal rights is a dangerous threat. Anyone care to guess who will be a main contributor of the repeal campaign?
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 02, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    The primary contributors to any anti-gay marriage campaigns in Maine will be both the Roman Catholic Church and that dangerous brain washing cult known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the moron oops I mean the Mormon Church.
  • Webster666

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    May 02, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    "So goes Maine, so goes the Nation."
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    May 02, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    If it passes and the governor signs it... it will end up going to the people.

    Trust me.

    Michael Heath--founder of the former Christian Civic League of Maine--has reorganized so his organization can now recieve funds and help from Focus on the Family.

    3.5 years ago he presented a people's veto on the bill that would have given protection to gays from discrimination in the workplace, housing, school, etc.

    We had tried three other times before to pass that and each time Heath sent a peoples veto through.

    Finally, election day 2005, a week after I came out of the cloest, we defeated his people's veto and protection for gay people was signed into law for good.

    Last year, he tried to get enough signatures to:
    1. Ban Gay Adoption
    2. Ban government funding for civil rights teams/clubs in schools.
    3. Ban Gay marriage
    4. Repeal the rights gained by gays in 2005

    He couldn't even get enough signatures to put it on the ballot.

    Now he has more funding. Now he has more help. It will go to the people this fall, and I'm not sure what will happen.

    I think Mainers are slipt pretty evenly. Most younger people are leaving or have left the state. Maine is full of old white people. The people in the middle... just don't care. they'd probably vote in favor of us... but getting them to the polls on a non-election year will be hard. We did it in 2005... perhaps we can do it again.
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    May 02, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    Webster666 said"So goes Maine, so goes the Nation."

    I believe the original quote came from the 1936 presidential election. Democratic strategist and F.D.R. campaign manager James Farley quipped "As Maine goes, so goes Vermont."

    Hopefully this time, it can be reversed, "As goes Vermont, so goes Maine".