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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maine approves same-sex marriage: BREAKING NEWS

photo by icemomo

It's time to celebrate! Maine, this morning, became the fifth state to approve same-sex marriage.

[Update: it looks like a similar bill might be headed to the Governor's desk in New Hampshire, too.]



  1. eaqualnotspecialMay 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Great News! But I haven't been able to find an answer to what the fundies will have to do to change it. Simple majority popular vote? or what? Hope it's not as easy as changing our constituion seems to be.

  2. eaqualnotspecialMay 6, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Hate to bring anyone down, but according to the Washington Blade: "the bill will not take effect until 90 days after the legislature ends its session on June 17. If opponents of same-sex marriage gather enough petition signatures for a “people’s veto” before that time, the legislation will not take effect until after the electorate casts its vote.

    Depending on how soon petition signatures are submitted to Maine’s secretary of state, voters would have an opportunity to reject the bill on either Nov. 3, the day of the next general election, or June 27, 2010, the day of the statewide primary election. A majority vote is necessary to invalidate the measure through a “people’s veto.”

    The threshold for getting enough signatures is low — only 55,087 names are needed." So it could still be over a year away, if at all. Lots of work to do to educate the public and convince them we should be equal. Meanwhile, I had jury duty today and felt like telling them I shouldn't have equal responsibilities if they are not going to give me equal rights.