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New England vs. Old Bias: Marriage legislation comes to Maine

by Jeremy Hooper

Good, hopeful news out of the Pine Tree State:

200901131335EqualityMaine Announces Bill for Civil Marriage Equality

At a State House press conference today, EqualityMaine and several coalition partners unveiled a bill that would extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maine.

The bill, titled "An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom," is sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon (D-Hancock). Damon recently sponsored an amendment to extend to domestic partners the protections currently provided in Maine’s Family Medical Leave law.

EqualityMaine Announces Bill for Civil Marriage Equality [EQME]

No word if our opposition will do the predicatable and follow this up with an introduction of their own "Act to Foster Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Their Right To Use Personal Religious Beliefs To Deny Civil Freedom." Though rumor has it that they are already casting the kids that they will exploit in commercials in order to make the case that we gays are a threat to their youthful existences.

But let's not think of those unfair campaigns for now. For now let's applaud this, a-gust-a progressive wind blowing towards the state capital.

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er, Pine _TREE_ State, not Pine Street State. You're thinking of the homeless men's shelter in Boston, maybe?

Posted by: tjc | Jan 13, 2009 5:43:00 PM

I hope the people of Maine realize they receive a LOT of money from vacationing gay people. And like elephants, we don't forget (who our friends are). Losing those GLTB bucks would be wicked bad.

Posted by: Michael-david | Jan 14, 2009 12:43:15 PM

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