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Maine Voters to Vote on Marriage Equality as LGBT Advocates' Signatures are Certified

Maine voters will vote on marriage equality again in November after LGBT advocates, who believe they have a better chance this time around, received word that the signatures they turned in to get the question on the ballot have been certified, Bloomberg reports:

MaineSecretary of State Charles E. Summers Jr. verified more than 85,000 of the 105,000 signatures submitted last month, said Barbara Redmond, his deputy secretary. About 57,000 names were required, according to EqualityMaine, the Portland-based gay- rights group leading the coalition that collected them.

“Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons other couples want to marry: because they love each other and want to spend their lives together,” Betsy Smith, EqualityMaine’s executive director, said in a statement. “There’s no question that momentum is growing for same-sex marriage in Maine.”

Voters rejected a similar measure in 2009. This one has specific religious exemptions carved out. If Maine voters approve the measure, it would be the first time a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage has been successful in any state.

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  1. And if this initiative is successful, Republicans will suddenly scream, "No! No! No! This is for the legislatures and the courts to decide!"

    Posted by: Max | Feb 24, 2012 9:08:57 AM


  2. Now, if outsiders will stay out and allow homegrown Mainers who are gay and lesbian to do the door to door thing this may work.

    You want it to pass in Maine, allow the flannel and duck boot wearing gays and lesbians to work on their neighbors and keep Gaga out.

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 24, 2012 10:57:44 AM


  3. RIN - do they get to break out the Gaga at the victory party?

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 11:21:37 AM


  4. Unbelievable: Citizenship protections from our Federal Constitution are being put up for public vote, and everybody is fine with it. No wonder this country is going to Hell in a handbasket! If it's wrong for Bible bigots to mount these ballot measures, it's just as wrong for us to do it. We can't credibly condemn Prop 8-style plebiscites and support them at the same time!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 24, 2012 12:22:10 PM


  5. Until the Supreme Court actually steps up and recognizes that the protections in the Constitution apply to gay couples we need to use what ever means are available to achieve equality, and that includes ballot measures. There is a HUGE difference between a ballot measure to deprive people of rights and one that seeks to make sure everyone has the same rights. To equate the two is idiotic.

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 24, 2012 12:43:08 PM


  6. TJ!!!

    Mainers will break out "Bert and I" at the victory party! I have some friends (8 gens) who are doing the door to door thing there. I even got some of my straight male friends with 8 gen history to agree to start going to the town halls and baked bean suppahs.

    I was speaking to my friend and she said that she would have begged Gaga to stay away the last time because she said she knew it would make it worse with the Mainers who don't live in Portland. Gaga, as they say Down East, "scares the horses".

    And Stuffed Animal...

    Where's it going to come from then? Congress? SCOTUS?

    When the GLBT community wins state by state through referendums, you will not only have changed the law but you will have changed hearts and minds. Maybe that's a slower victory (although with the Roberts court and a Republican Congress and soon to be president coming up I doubt it), but it will be a stronger victory.

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 24, 2012 1:05:38 PM


  7. Yes, marriage equality WILL come from SCOTUS, eventually! Time will come when both Liberals and Conservatives rally behind it. To the dimbulbs who are so gung-ho about pro-marriage equality ballot measures: Get rid of that second-class citizen mentality! Lesbians and Gay men already have the right to marry, affirmed in the US Constitution. That right does not need to be "won" at the ballot box. It needs to be affirmed by the courts. Lawsuits like the one helmed by Olson and Boies are the way to proceed, and if you're impatient, remember that any thing worth having is worth waiting for. Validating plebiscites that call constitutional rights into question is what's truly idiotic! It's a slippery slope far too dangerous to ever embark on, much less in today's volatile political climate.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 24, 2012 1:36:21 PM


  8. Stuffed Animal, what happens when the courts (especially the US Supreme Court) disagrees with you and refuses to acknowledge such a constitutional right? Do you continue to live in an alternative fantasy world and shout, "but the Constitution says so?" Your logic fails.

    Posted by: Lucas | Feb 24, 2012 2:00:36 PM


  9. Yeah, Stuffy...I don't mean to burst the bubble, but I don't see the current SCOTUS agreeing with you. I may agree with you, but I don't see the Roberts court agreeing with you.

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 24, 2012 2:28:03 PM


  10. Stuffed Animal, Ballot initiatives should constitutionally be allowed to EXPAND rights below the floor guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Maine Constitution, but not below that floor. It is legal to allow people to have more freedom, but not to take away equal protection as the previous Maine law banning marriage did.

    Posted by: DB | Feb 24, 2012 3:37:01 PM


  11. Baked bean suppah? With Yankee cohn bread?

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 6:02:50 PM


  12. Marriages that aren't recognized outside of Maine, and that mean nothing at the Federal level: This is the dubious prize Equality Maine is outrageously grasping after on a November ballot! It would be laughable if it weren't so tragic: LesBiGay Mainers, begging their Straight neighbors for Civil Rights which are their birthright as US citizens, and willing to settle for a half-assed facsimile of same! Uncle Tom and Aunt Jemimah are sho'nuff makin' the rounds in Gay circles nowadays! Yowsah, boss!!!

    Did the Stonewall rebels beg the police to leave them alone, or did they scream "Dammit, we're not taking your sh*t anymore"??? Gay people who are truly proud won't settle for crumbs off the slavemaster's table. They will angrily refuse to marry until all US citizens can do so! And until that day comes, they will DEMAND their citizenship rights with straightened spines, not beg for them on bended knees.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 25, 2012 10:36:48 AM


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