Breaking news: Maine House passed Same Sex Marriage 89-58

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    May 05, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    The bill passed 89-58 minutes ago.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/2009/05/05/maine_house_oks_gay_marriage_bill/
  • treader

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    May 05, 2009 8:28 PM GMT

    Fantastic news! Let's hope it continues. New England is coming around faster than I thought. Woo Hoo!

    Now we just need some progress in Rhode Island...
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    May 05, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    Isnt the Maine Governor against this tho?
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    May 05, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    YAY!
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 05, 2009 9:20 PM GMT
    No the governor of Maine is not necessarily against gay marriage but he would rather have a public referendum on it rather than it becoming law through the legislative process. Still this is awesome news. Hopefully Maine will make gay marriage the law of the land and tell all the right wing homophobes that if they don't like it, pack up and move out.
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    May 05, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidNo the governor of Maine is not necessarily against gay marriage but he would rather have a public referendum on it rather than it becoming law through the legislative process. Still this is awesome news. Hopefully Maine will make gay marriage the law of the land and tell all the right wing homophobes that if they don't like it, pack up and move out.


    No. It will not happen that way. The Fundamentalists reorganized and now recieve funding from Focus on the Family.


    This fall, if our governor signs it, the fundamentalists will put forth a people's veto. Unless something drastic happens, that is what will occur. They are already preparing and starting. They have done it many times before in the past and have been quite sucessful. Michael Health of the Maine Family Council is good at influencing and motivating the public via church. And now he has another force joined with him--a force never before allied with the evangeliscal movement: the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has always distanced itself from Health. But marriage is an issue which crosses the line. The Bishop has been quite outspoken.

    We'll have a fight this fall--the big guns will come out soon. And Mainers are split on the issue. I bet we will lose to tell you the truth. But times are changing. Maybe in a couple years...
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    May 05, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    "I haven't slept very well over the last two weeks," said Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop, who voted for the bill. "It is awkward being a legislator, especially on days like this."


    Awkward???

    I guess we should be happy he voted on our side at all...
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    May 05, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    Great news,N.Y. will be next.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 05, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    styrgan said"I haven't slept very well over the last two weeks," said Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop, who voted for the bill. "It is awkward being a legislator, especially on days like this."


    Awkward???

    I guess we should be happy he voted on our side at all...


    oh shut the hell up you sour puss. GAWD!
    You are so negative.
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    May 05, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    It´s so encouraging that the USA is starting to give all its citizens equal marriage rights.
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    May 05, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    hear, hear!!
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    May 05, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidIt´s so encouraging that the USA is starting to give all its citizens equal marriage rights.


    *cough* You mean certain "parts" of the USA.

    When a state in the South falls... then we'll be sure this movement is going throughout the entire country.

    Why is the South always behind on everything? lol
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    May 06, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
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    Lostboy saidIt´s so encouraging that the USA is starting to give all its citizens equal marriage rights.


    *cough* You mean certain "parts" of the USA.

    When a state in the South falls... then we'll be sure this movement is going throughout the entire country.

    Why is the South always behind on everything? lol


    Because there is a church on every corner in the south. Southern church-goers vote and when they vote, they primarily vote Rep.
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    May 06, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 said
    Lostboy saidIt´s so encouraging that the USA is starting to give all its citizens equal marriage rights.


    *cough* You mean certain "parts" of the USA.

    When a state in the South falls... then we'll be sure this movement is going throughout the entire country.

    Why is the South always behind on everything? lol



    I live in North Carolina and I am assuming that is a rhetorical question, right? LOL


    Well, Iowa and Maine (if gov signs). Two of the most watched states during presidental elections. And most states follow their lead the majority of the time. Hmmm.
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    May 06, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    It angers me when these Governors say the people should vote on it..

    I mean why in gods name should heterosexual people be allowed to vote for our rights.. It's of no concern to them who any of us choose to marry..

    It's like holding the cake infront of our faces dangling it there and pulling it away at the last minute..
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    May 06, 2009 10:10 AM GMT
    Maine may end up having an East Coast version of Prop 8 this fall. Approximately 55,000 signatures and it is on the ballot.

    There is an excellent chance New Hampshire will pass marriage equality legislation soon, but the governor (a Democrat) may not sign it or may veto the legislation.
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    May 06, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    The Maine Senate gave final legislative approval this morning. Now, it goes to the governor.

    http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineHeadlineNews/tabid/968/ctl/ViewItem/mid/2905/ItemId/10402/Default.aspx

    Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maine. The Maine Senate endorsed the measure this morning by a vote of 21-13. The bill is now headed to Governor John Baldacci, who has not decided whether or not he'll sign the legislation. Baldacci has indicated in the past that he'd like to see a statewide vote on the issue, but so far, he's declined to say what he will do when the bill lands on his desk. If he does sign it, he would be the first governor in the nation to sign a same-sex marriage bill that was not the result of a court decision, according to the New York Times. Even if he does sign it, opponents are threatening a people's veto. If they can gather enough signatures in time, the measure would appear on the statewide ballot in November.
    Baldacci has 10 days to make a decision.