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Maine Republicans Pledge Support for Marriage Equality

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Mainers United for Marriage and the ACLU held a press conference yesterday announcing the formation of Republicans United for Marriage, a group of GOP lawmakers who are pledging to vote "yes" for marriage equality in November.

MEMainers United reports:

We were happy to have several guest speakers at the launch, including Rep. Stacey Fitts, R-Pittsfield, who has changed his mind about the freedom to marry.

“I voted against same-sex marriage in 2009, but I changed my mind,” said Rep. Stacey Fitts, a Pittsfield Republican. “I know some gay people and I’ve talked with them and my family, and I’ve thought about it a lot. As a husband and a father, I’ve come to believe that two people who love each other should have the freedom to get married.”

It's people like Stacey Fitts who let voters know that it is okay to change their minds. Other republican speakers drew on their own relationships as inspiration. For Dan Demeritt a, Republican consultant and former director of communications for Gov. Paul LePage, it was his relationship with his wife that helped him through good times and bad, convincing him to support the campaign.

“I support the freedom to marry because I want every person to have a chance at that kind of relationship, to be able to share the joys and obligations, and to help shoulder the troubles of life that we all face,” Demeritt said.

In addition to the speakers at the event, other prominent Republicans present included: Amy Abbott, Portland; Greg Boulos, Cape Elizabeth; Brenda Garrand, Portland; Jim Nicholson, Waterville; Ted O’Meara, South Portland; Rep. Dave Richardson, Carmel; James Shaffer, Cape Elizabeth; Gordon Smith, Winthrop; Betsy Tipper, Smithfield; and Karl Turner, Cumberland.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network adds:

The group has about 20 members in all right now, including attorney Clare Payne, an active Republican from Holden.

"I used to believe that marriage was only between a man and a woman, however based on my review of the legal issues and my own life experiences, I now believe that everyone deserves equal protection under the law when it comes to the right to marry," Payne said.

Organizers of the coalition behind the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine say the new Republican partnership shows that it is no longer a partisan issue.

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  1. And this is why it's so important for all of us secure confident ADULTS to COME OUT , to EVERYONE.

    we can change not only hearts and minds, but literally save the lives of our youth by Coming Out - coworkers, community members, etc.

    So let's have less excuses for why people "don't need to come out" and start being intellectually honest about it. When you put a face and name to What Gay Is you open people up to reality that we're everywhere- they know us, love us, respect us, work with us, are RELATED to us.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 1:15:13 PM


  2. Excellent. We live in amazing times...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jul 24, 2012 1:25:10 PM


  3. This is great news on two levels.

    Firstly it means gay marriage has a real chance of succeeding in Maine.

    Secondly it means the Republicans are scared of ever-crazy Romney losing the election so they are not attempting to do ANYTHING to stop looking like such a bunch of evil & insane people.

    GO OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 24, 2012 1:30:01 PM


  4. Cool!!

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 24, 2012 1:30:02 PM


  5. This is great news on two levels.

    Firstly it means gay marriage has a real chance of succeeding in Maine.

    Secondly it means the Republicans are scared of ever-crazy Romney losing the election so they are not attempting to do ANYTHING to stop looking like such a bunch of evil & insane people.

    GO OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 24, 2012 1:30:18 PM


  6. This is great news on two levels.

    Firstly it means gay marriage has a real chance of succeeding in Maine.

    Secondly it means the Republicans are scared of ever-crazy Romney losing the election so they are not attempting to do ANYTHING to stop looking like such a bunch of evil & insane people.

    GO OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 24, 2012 1:30:21 PM


  7. Lol, sorry that last paragraph should have been....

    Secondly it means the Republicans are scared of ever-crazy Romney losing the election so they are attempting to do ANYTHING to stop looking like such a bunch of evil and insane people.

    GO OBAMA !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 24, 2012 1:31:45 PM


  8. Great news. Also worth noting: the leading candidate in the Senate is Angus King - a strongly pro-same-sex-marriage and pro-choice candidate.

    Posted by: Hank | Jul 24, 2012 1:32:59 PM


  9. Although our LGBT Republican brothers and sisters have not valued equality or marriage rights as much as money, it's good news that at least a few of their political leaders now have.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jul 24, 2012 2:14:54 PM


  10. Evolution takes time, and it seems as if the hands of time are moving. I have to give credit to people that really sit down and listen to their heart, instead of their peers. I'm happy we have advocates in any and all manner. The more advocates we have, the better.

    Posted by: DF | Jul 24, 2012 3:21:30 PM


  11. this is why I love the politics of my home state of Maine ever so... it's unpredictable and not always tied to party lines. Except for Gov. Paul LeRage. He's just batshyte nutters.

    Posted by: BobC562 | Jul 24, 2012 3:51:24 PM


  12. Great news. What is especially encouraging is that marriage equality is now supported by people like Charles Murray and David Blankenhorn also - people who are always being touted as advocates for socially conservative family policy. Even more telling is the new campaign "Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry." Who ever heard of liberals trying to recruit young conservatives on other issues? Can you imagine a "Young Conservatives for Higher Taxes" or a "Young Conservatives for Busing" campaign? All these developments show that marriage equality is on its way to becoming a bi-partisan issue. It will take time, but it's getting there.

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 24, 2012 5:49:04 PM


  13. our government, republicans nor democrats, have any place in the marriage business. The ten thousand federal benefits available to heterosexual couples should be available to all citizens married or single, pair-bonded or tournament in their mating practices (not that married means monogamous). But humans are not voles who are biologically driven to pair bond "forsaking all others". Universal Health Care, living wills and other simple contracts would remove the government sponsored financial incentive to marry and return marriage to its rightful place as a religious sacrament and/or commitment born of love requiring no state license. Republican endorsement of gay marriage bodes not well for the gay liberation we fought for. Gay marriage imposes a class distinction separating "good-conforming-assimilating" gays from "bad-nonconforming-rejecting" queers (pejorative meaning restored) And after all the good gays get married, what do we bad queers do with our intersex, trans, drag, and leather people? Move to the island of misfit toys? If interested you can learn more about the other side of marriage equality here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/445317630245/.

    Posted by: Peter | Jul 25, 2012 4:14:45 AM


  14. http://www.maine4marriage.org/... There are many valid concerns. Marriage is a pre-political social institution. If you understand what a social institution is and how they operate you will agree that if the sky were to "fall" because we legalized gender-less marriage, it would not manifest itself for perhaps two or more full generations. And by then, of course, if there were negative and/or unintentional consequences it would be near impossible to reverse. It seems reasonable to study all sides of the issue before radically redefining an institution as important as marriage. What seems irresponsible is implementing a social experiment at break neck speed that would redefine the foundation of our culture for everyone.

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    Posted by: Miriam | Aug 21, 2012 3:05:25 PM


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