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May 5, 2009

Maine Lawsmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage

D.C. votes to recognize other states' gay marriages.

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Lawmakers in Maine voted to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage this afternoon. Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, could veto the bill, The New York Times writes. The Catholic Diocese of Maine and the Maine Family Policy Council, an affiliate of the Family Research Council, will be among the groups lobbying Mr. Baldacci to veto the bill.

Mr. Baldacci opposed same-sex marriage before the bill was introduced this year, but he has since said he is keeping an open mind.

Mr. Baldacci’s spokesman, David Farmer, said he was still mulling his position on the bill and would not make a final decision until after it reached his desk. That could be as soon as tomorrow, when the State Senate is scheduled to formally enact it. Mr. Baldacci will have 10 days to act on the bill once it is delivered to him.

The D.C. Council also voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The New Hampshire House is expected to take up the bill at tomorrow.

In case you've lost track, Maine would join Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Update: Maine Governor John Baldacci signed the bill today legalizing same-sex marriage.

Comments

we haven't lost track - well most of us are just not paying attention to it that's all. It may be dear to the heart of you, the dobsons and a couple of others but the rest of the country seems to have moved on

Next up: Carrie Prejean goes on TV to scold the state of Maine. "Why, everybody knows gays don't deserve equal rights because marriage is only for heterosexuals because my parents raised me that way."

The governor signed the legislation, as he should have. It's a good day in America, as we too slowly move to live up to our highest ideals of citizen equality.

So sad.

New England was settled by those seeking freedom. Glad to see we still believe in it. Heterosexual marriage will not suffer and the world will not end, you'll see.

Sarah,

I did not know how to contact you about your article in CT regarding Joshua DuBuis. Could you tell us straight out if this guy is a born again believer and whether or not he knows and walks with the Lord. Those of us who are conservative Christians would love to know that there is someone near the President's ear who could really give him godly council.

Dr. Howard Brant (Kenya)