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Maine’s Marriage Equality to go to Vote

Timothy Kincaid

September 2nd, 2009

It’s official.

The Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed that groups opposed to same-sex marriage have gathered enough petition signatures to place a repeal effort on the November ballot. David Farmer, spokesman for Gov. John Baldacci, said that the governor signed a proclamation on Wednesday setting up the Nov. 3 vote.

Protect Maine Equality issued the following statement:

“There’s no surprise here. Everyone knew marriage equality would be challenged by a referendum and that’s why our allies began having conversations with Mainers three years ago. We now have nearly 80,000 Mainers who have pledged their support for equality.

“This was a quarter-of-a-million dollar signature effort by a Michigan firm, and it highlights the stark differences in our campaigns. Their’s is a cynical, pay-for-every signature approach that doesn’t reflect the homegrown values of our state.

“By contrast, we have put our trust in the common sense and fair mindedness of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. And that’s why we believe voters will reject Question 1 because here in Maine, we believe everyone should be allowed to live their lives and be treated equally under the law.”

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Aaron
September 2nd, 2009 | LINK

I still don’t understand how it’s possible that people are actually allowed to VOTE on human rights. It’s sickening, it makes you realize just how far the United States really has to go before it will live up to the Constitution’s ideals.

Duncan
September 3rd, 2009 | LINK

I believe that protectionist measures against foreign imports are a violation of the basic right to trade with anyone on equal terms regardless of national borders. But I would not want that right imposed by a court’s diktat. There is no point in giving people a right they do not believe they should have.

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