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Maine governor announces support for gay marriage

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  1. Brian Burton 28 Oct 2009, 8:27am

    Support for Gay marrage down east Governor…Splendid man, Splendid!

  2. Robert, ex pat Brit 28 Oct 2009, 1:58pm

    Amazing that we don’t have one British politician supporting full marriage equality that I’m aware of, while America slowly but surely is getting there. Well done, Gov. Baldacci, I take my hate off to you for showing courage and moral integrity to do the right thing by us. If a straight man realises civil unions (partnerships) are not equal, why is it StonewallUK and many British gays don’t?

  3. Well done, Governor and thank you – another step in the right direction – make into law.

  4. Same old Stonewall-bashing. UK civil partnerships, while deficient in name, confer legal equality. Changing the name is only a matter of time, and even the Daily Mail now says “married” or “husband” in this context. Same-sex marriages in Iowa or Maine or wherever in the US give the feel-good illusion of equality, but are meaningless in terms of federal rights – where it matters – as long as DOMA stands. I know where I’d rather be placed right now.

  5. @JCH

    Marriage equality has got nothing to do with “changing the name” of civil partnerships, it’s about giving gays the equal right to enter into a marriage.

    Tabloids reffering to civil partnerships as “marriages” frankly isn’t very helpful because it encourages the misconception that gay marriage is actually legal in the UK when it’s not.

  6. Tim Hopkins 28 Oct 2009, 7:52pm

    Robert (#2): We do have some British politicans publicly supporting full marriage equality. Here in Scotland Labour MSPs George Foulkes and John Park, as well as two Green, one LibDem and three SNP MSPs, have so far signed up to the Equal Marriage pledge. So have Labour MEP Catherine Stihler, as well as Tory MEP Struan Stevenson. See the Scottish Equal Marriage website.


  7. If it gets through in the referendum, it’ll be the first state where same-sex marriage will have been approved by a popular vote. The Catholic Church is pulling out all the stops against it, even having a second collection in churches to raise funds for the “no” campaign.

  8. I meant that in the other states mentioned in the article same-sex marriage is legal but as a result of decisions by state legislatures or govenors, not through popular votes on that specific question.

  9. Marriage equality video from the Maine campaign. Good stuff:

  10. Just a quick correction, Jane — saying “no” to the referendum means you support marriage equality, and saying “yes” to the referendum means you’re against equality.

  11. Aussie Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 29 Oct 2009, 10:45am

    Even the New England region of the US is WAY AHEAD of England itself by having civil marriage (not civil partnership) for both gays and straights!!!!! – how ironic!!!!!!

  12. Aussie Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 29 Oct 2009, 10:48am

    I remember what Roodney Croome (a Tasmania gay activist) said and quoted a couple of years ago: “There is no subsitute for marriage” – unquote. HOW TRUE HE IS!!!!!

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