BREAKING NEWS ! - Maine's Governor signs marriage bill

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    May 06, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineHeadlineNews/tabid/968/ctl/ViewItem/mid/2905/ItemId/10406/Default.aspx


    Baldacci Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill - 5/6/09 12:40 PM ESTBack
    Governor John Baldacci has signed legislation allowing gay marriage in Maine. The Governor put his signature to the controversial legislation today shortly after the Maine Legislature gave final approval to the measure this morning, making Maine the fifth state in the nation to authorize gay marriage. Baldacci has become 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. "I have followed closely the debate on this issue. I have listened to both sides, as they have presented their arguments during the public hearing and on the floor of the Maine Senate and the House of Representatives. I have read many of the notes and letters sent to my office, and I have weighed my decision carefully," Baldacci said in a statement. "I did not come to this decision lightly or in haste." Baldacci said his views on the issue have evolved over time. "In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions," he said. "I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."




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    May 06, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    OMG!!! YAY!!! YAY!! YAY!!!

    The tide may be turning, and DOMA may be doomed as more states enact gay marriage & civil union laws.

    US law states: "28 USC §1738: Such Acts, records and judicial proceedings or copies thereof, so authenticated, shall have the same full faith and credit in every court within the US and its Territories and Possessions as they have by law or usage in the courts of such State, Territory or Possession from which they are taken."

    DOMA attempted to violate this regarding gay marriage, and a conflict now exists. Either Congress must repeal DOMA, or the Supreme Court must resolve it. DOMA and the US Constitution cannot co-exist.
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    May 06, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    ........and New Hampshire is scheduled to hold it final vote later today.
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    May 06, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    T plus 5 and counting

    We are Go for lift-off!
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    May 06, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidOMG!!! YAY!!! YAY!! YAY!!!

    The tide may be turning, and DOMA may be doomed as more states enact gay marriage & civil union laws.

    US law states: "28 USC §1738: Such Acts, records and judicial proceedings or copies thereof, so authenticated, shall have the same full faith and credit in every court within the US and its Territories and Possessions as they have by law or usage in the courts of such State, Territory or Possession from which they are taken."

    DOMA attempted to violate this regarding gay marriage, and a conflict now exists. Either Congress must repeal DOMA, or the Supreme Court must resolve it. DOMA and the US Constitution cannot co-exist.


    28 USC 1738 codifies Article IV Section 1 of the US Constitution.

    Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

    While DOMA has contradicted 28 USC 1738 since inception (not just Maine), it is the constitution that will eventually invalidate DOMA.

    As for marriage equality nationwide, it could be Article IV Section 1 "full faith & credit" or it could be Section 1 of the 14th amendment "equal protection". The way the SCOTUS is currently loaded, right now might not be the best time to go there on either Full Faith & Credit or Equal Protection.


    Loving v Virginia, the case that allowed mixed race marriages nationwide, was won on 14th amendment Equal Protection and Due Process clauses



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    May 06, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    YES to John Baldacci...Please send his office an email in support. Too bad he is term limited and cannot run again. Link: http://www.maine.gov/governor/baldacci/index.shtml
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    May 06, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    Done!