Tag Archives: same-sex marriage

Maine church leaders split on Calif. gay marriage decision | Bangor Daily News

[I’ve written this before — same-sex couples should have a right to marry if they are in loving, commited relationships and they intend to be together for the rest of their lives. It seems a basic civil and human right. And those who object to same-sex marriage seem to gloss over the fact that we hetrosexuals haven’t gotten marriage right, not yet. And for those who simply object to gays and lesbians forget that they very likely know someone who is gay or lesbian and very likely may be related to someone who is gay or lesbian. Would they reject their loved one’s right to marry? — KM]

 Maine church leaders split on Calif. gay marriage decision – Bangor Daily News.

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Gay marriage to the fore in Augusta | Bangor Daily News

Gay marriage to the fore in Augusta – Bangor Daily News.

When Mainers just say no | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

When Mainers just say no | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine’s governor asked, they answered | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Governor asked, they answered | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Portland diocese penalizes homeless aid group | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Diocese penalizes homeless aid group | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Yes on 1 funder loses bid | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Yes on 1 funder loses bid | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Maine voters narrowly repeal same-sex marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage may be tending to wounds today after voters in Maine narrowly repealed earlier legislation that gave gays and lesbians the right to marry.

But after they pick themselves up and dust themselves off, they should look to build on the positives that came from the campaign for equality for gays and lesbians. This was merely one of many battles to be waged and one day gays and lesbians will be given the same rights associated with marriage that heterosexual couples enjoy.

The Portland Press Herald is reporting on its website that unofficial results show that voters on Tuesday approved Question 1 on the Maine state ballot by 53 percent to 47 percent. The Yes on Question 1 camp did not receive a mandate and they came close to losing in their bid to back discrimination.

Same-sex marriage supporters are vowing that they are in the fight for the long haul. While this loss is a setback, they intend to continue the fight for civil rights and equality. And they should.

The Maine State Secretary of State website does not seem to have the results posted, yet, but I am not surprised the results were so close. Mainers take their voting seriously; voting turnout was expected to be more than 50 percent. That is not bad at all for an off-year election.

Maine voters are cautious and conservative, but hugely independent by nature. Many of them may have been swayed by arguments from either side of the issue. They also may have been put off by state lawmakers and Maine Gov. John Baldacci for passing and signing the law in the first place, not because of the law itself, but because lawmakers had the audacity to pass and sign the law. I may be well off the mark, but Mainers might have been far more willing to let same-sex marriage stand if the law had come as a citizen-back referendum rather than from the state Capitol in Augusta.

It will be interesting to see how this issue continues to play out and what influence it has on the rest of the nation.

Same-sex marriage issue drives Maine voters to polls

Here is a link to the latest update on the election in Maine where a ballot issue could confirm earlier legislative action giving same-sex couples the right to marry or, if Question 1 on the ballot is passed, kill same-sex marriages in Maine.

The Maine secretary of state told the Portland Press Herald more than 50 percent of the state’s voters were likely to turn out for the election. Most of that very impressive turnout, he told the Press Herald, has to do with the same-sex marriage issue.

Note: Just a reminder that the time stamp is for Eastern Standard Time.