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t0dd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:24 AM
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Gay marriage bill passes Maine Senate


From http://www.outcomebuffalo.com/maine-4-094300002.htm

AUGUSTA, METhe Maine State Senate voted today on a bill that would allow the state to create legal same-sex marriages. The bill, LD 1020 was passed by the Senate 20 votes to 15.

The joint judiciary committee of the Legislature had approved a bill to allow same-sex marriage in the state on tuesday, setting the stage for the House and Senate to vote. Eleven of the 14 committee members voted in favor of the bill, two voted against it and one proposed letting voters decide the matter in a referendum.

The bill now awaits the vote of the Maine House of Representatives. Maine currently provides same-sex couples with access to limited rights and benefits through a domestic partner registry.

Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, has not said whether he will sign the bill. The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a same-sex marriage bill last month, and the Senate passed an amended version of the bill Wednesday.

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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:25 AM
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1. who-hooo!
:D
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:27 AM
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2. I think gay-marriage legalization is on a roll!
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:05 PM
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3. Pretty soon we'll have the Northeast..
all sewn up..then we can get the wave of de-criminalizing marijuana going.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:19 PM
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5. If ME and NH pass it all we will need is RI.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:38 PM
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6. and New York..
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:45 PM
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7. thats right
I was just thinking of new england
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 01:00 PM
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8. I think New York is going to happen...
Gay-Rights Advocates Push For Marriage Equality
Posted By: Kim DeGeorge-Pike 1 day ago

ALBANY _ Gay-rights groups rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol in an effort to legalize same-sex marriages in New York.

With chants of "What do we want? Marriage. When do we want it? Now," more than 2,000 supporters sought to lobby state lawmakers to pass a same-sex marriage law before the legislative session ends in June.

"This is the first year we have a realistic chance," said Joann Prinzivalli, a White Plains lawyer who is the director of the New York Transgender Rights Association.

The state Assembly is expected to pass same-sex marriage legislation as soon as Monday; it first passed the bill in 2007. But the bill remains stalled in the state Senate, where Democrats hold a one-seat majority and several Democrats have said they will oppose the measure.

Gay-rights advocates vowed to try to persuade legislators, Democrats and Republicans, in an effort to get the measure passed this year. No Republican senators have voiced support for the legislation.

"We don't think that people who disagree with us are bigots and homophobes," said Allan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. "We just think they don't have enough education."

Supporters have received the backing Gov. David Paterson, who spoke to the audience and urged them to continue to fight for the bill's passage. The Democratic governor earlier this month introduced a same-sex marriage bill. Four states -- Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts - can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"I want to sign a bill that will make marriage equality issued right here in New York state," said Paterson, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=66285
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 12:12 PM
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4. K&R
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NorthernSpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 01:12 PM
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9. A note of caution about Maine...
If the House passes the bill, and if Baldacci signs it, it'll almost certainly go out to referendum. That could mean we'll see it on the ballot in November, unless there's a special election (in June?).


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