May 5, 2009

Maine will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage

Both the Maine House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The Democratic Governor, who in the past has noted his intent to veto the bill, says he is keeping an open mind. It is very likely that he will in fact either not act on the bill or just let it pass. The only possible hitch: Maine has a people's veto, so it's possible that opponents of gay marriage will gather signatures to suspend the law.

Here's hoping that doesn't happen and that the bill does pass. Here's a fun quote from the NYTimes article:
“As a member of this legislative body ethically it is my duty, my responsibility, to publicly say to my daughter I do not support her way of life,” said Rep. Sheryl Briggs, whose daughter is a lesbian. “I just had to finally confess to her exactly how I feel, and now I have no choice. I have to hit that button.”

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