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Maine’s Battle For Marriage Is On

Jim Burroway

July 31st, 2009

The Associated Press reports:

Opponents of Maine’s new gay marriage law have submitted petitions seeking a November referendum on the measure. Leaders of the Stand for Marriage campaign said Friday they collected more than 100,000 signatures of registered Maine voters. Cartons containing the petitions have been turned into the secretary of state’s office to be certified.

To qualify for a November referendum, 55,087 signatures need to be certified by Sept. 4. Meanwhile, a July 17 email from Betsy Smith, senior director of Equality Maine, indicates that $241,000 have already poured into the coffers of marriage opponents, including $160,000 from the National Organization for Marriage, $50,000 from the Knights of Columbus, and $31,000 from Focus On the Family. Now it’s time for us to do our part.

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dave31175
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

$241,000 — and I’m sure that’s just the beginning. Meanwhile there are people starving and homeless. Such priorities.

AJD
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

Once I have money to spare, I’ll make a donation, but to be honest, I’m not optimistic, partially because the religious right is far more inclined to play dirty than our side. They realized a long time ago that the object is to win, not to be good little boys and girls.

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July 31st, 2009 | LINK

Why the hell can’t we take the marriage issue to Federal level, free from the hands of a clueless or selfish majority? With the economy the way it is now, and these bastards spending thousands/millions to make our lives difficult, it would do good for the country to allow non-heterosexuals to marry the person they want. Doesn’t Obama think of all the income that would bring?

Zach
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

Color me pessimistic as well. This does not seem to be getting half of the attention that it should be.

tavdy79
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

What’s the betting that Stand for Marriage Maine have used the same con-the-punter tactics that Larry “the Hutt” Stickney and Oregon Gary used in Washington state to trick pro-equality supporters into signing the petition?

robin
August 1st, 2009 | LINK

The signature gathers in Maine told people the following: They were being registered to vote, they were repealing the law that cousins could marry, this was a vote against the Maine governor, they had petitions supporting gay marriage. . . and the list goes on and on.

ravenbiker
August 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Tax the religious organizations that contribute to political action. They love to scream “leave us alone and leave our chruches alone” but they can’t seem to leave ME alone.

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