Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The gay marriage debate is shifting to Maine as sides for and against prepare for a legislative hearing on a bill that could go either way.

The Judiciary Committee takes up the proposal Wednesday in a daylong hearing that will be held at the Augusta Civic Center to accommodate a crowd that could number in the hundreds.

More than 60 legislators - about a third of the Legislature - are co-sponsoring Sen. Dennis Damon’s bill, which would repeal a law that limits marriage to a man and a woman and replace it with one that authorizes marriage between any two people. The Trenton Democrat’s bill also would recognize marriage between same-sex couples in other states where such marriages are valid....

Equality Maine’s [Betsy] Smith said her side opposes the idea of a referendum, contending that no civil rights issue in past struggles would have won approval if left up to voters. Her side also will emphasize that children thrive better in homes with two parents, whether heterosexual or not.

[For the full article, see here.]

Betsy Smith knows that civil rights are never to be put up for a vote of the majority! Only a demagogue would think otherwise!

It's too early to tell whether or not there will be same-sex marriage in Maine in the foreseeable future. However, it's just a matter of time before there will be same-sex marriage in all the states in the U.S!
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