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Drive for Marriage Equality Launched Again in Maine: VIDEO


Yesterday, in Lewiston, Maine, LGBT advocates launched efforts to get an initiative on the ballot legalizing same-sex marriage, the Bangor Daily News reports:

On Thursday, Equality Maine Executive Director Betsy Smith said supporters of same-sex marriage have continued talking to the public about the issue, working to change the overall public sentiment.

“We’ve changed hearts and minds during ‘No on One,’ and since then, many more Mainers have changed their hearts and continue to change their minds,” said Smith in a Thursday release. “We have been going door to door, talking to them and hearing their journey toward support. In two separate polls, conducted over the last five months, 53 percent of Mainers surveyed said they support letting gay and lesbian couples marry here.”

The proposed referendum question will read: “Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”

57,277 signatures must be collected to get the question on the November 2012 ballot.

Watch Smith tell it like it is, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Mainers are no more "antigay" than any other state. They are anti-outsiders trying to change things.

    Do you talk to the locals in states before you make sweeping statements like: have a long history of anti-gay...?

    I don't see mass gangs of thugs beating the crap out of people in Maine for being gay like they do in the state that just passed marriage equality.

    Also, know something about a state before you lump it in with others. They referendum EVERYTHING. That is their way of creating community-based decisions. That, too, is a civil right.

    Were the Michelle Bachmans of the world to be in charge at the Federal level you would want liberal states to have this option.

    Give Maine a chance. Give gays in Maine a chance. Mainers aren't what you think they are. They're not bigots. They just like things slow and quiet and the new people moving in bring bustle, hustle and noise. They want quiet, peace, to be left alone...Jesus! What's so bad about that?

    I have plenty of gay friends in Maine that wouldn't want to leave the state because they are MAINERS and like it the way it is.

    Posted by: Rin | Jul 1, 2011 8:13:54 AM

  2. TR is spot on right! The Supreme Court will not find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage with the voters of 29 states banning it, and about 10 more states banning it via legislature. Sodomy laws were only in about 12 or 13 states when the Supreme Court issued its Lawrence decision. We dont even have 12 or 13 states with gay marriage. The Court will not find same-sex marriage to be a constitutional right anytime soon. No way. It is foolish to even present this question to the US Supreme Court this decade

    Posted by: Javier | Jul 1, 2011 8:14:35 AM

  3. "I still stand by my earlier point: it is a better use of resources to focus on repealing DOMA."

    People ARE focused on repealing DOMA. Where have you been? There are cases going through the Courts now. They hinge partly on the discrimination married gay couples face in their states. (MA, VT etc, for instance, are forced to treat gay and straight married couples differently because of DOMA.) Working at the state level is part of an overall federal strategy. Obviously, Maine isn't the most important piece of that strategy (I never suggested it was, and I'm certainly not "fixated" on Maine), but we need to be working at the state level, through the Courts and legislatures, and within the culture. All of the above. Like I said, the federal hand is not going to wave a magic wand--it will be out of a context. NY a more important piece of that than ME, obviously, but there's no reason why Mainers shouldn't attempt to gain back the equality they won in the legislature and lost in the referendum that was imposed on them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 1, 2011 10:44:51 AM

  4. Shame shame SHAME on every dope out there who thinks for one second that civil rights should be put up for a popular vote! Shame on each and every gay/lesbian who supports this measure and shame on them for lowering themselves to the level of our enemies!! Stop making yourselves look like laughing stocks for a change and let the COURTS do what they've ALWAYS had to do to guarantee our civil rights!! YOU WILL NEVER WIN A MARRIAGE RIGHTS VICTORY IN MAINE AT THE POLLS!! The people there are FAAAAR to backwards to ever embrace civil rights of ANY kind!

    Posted by: evolutionisfact | Jul 23, 2011 1:15:32 PM

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