Happy marriages to everyone
“…Maine became the first place in the US where same-sex marriage supporters had successfully collected enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot themselves, with a complete victory.”
Actually, this is a bit of an understatement. I believe Maine was the first place in the entire world to implement marriage equality by popular ballot.
Best wishes in advance to all the Maine couples registering on Saturday. That beautiful state just got even lovelier.
I am a little dissapointed, that actual Governor of Maine, an Democrat, show less support for same-sex marriage and was less enthusiastic than Democratic governors of Washington and Maryland: very public and strong support, campaigning around the state, lobbying of financial donors, tv ads, and twitter photo of signing gay marriage in to law at the end. Maine has this not.
Actually, the current governor of Maine is a Republican — Paul Le Page – who was elected in 2011.
The governor of Maine is a tea party Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, so of course he’s less enthusiastic. How did a blue state like Maine end up with a right-wing governor, you ask? Because the liberal vote was split between a Democrat and an Independent, so LePage got in with only 38% of the vote. He’ll be gone and forgotten in two years, but I actually kind of love it that he got to preside over the state approving marriage equality. Take that, tea baggers!
Of course, thanks to DOMA these couples (like all SS married couples in the US) will not receive federal recognition of their marriages.
DOMA won’t be around much longer, though. The only reason it’s survived as long as it has is because no one had the standing to challenge it until states started approving marriage equality, and then it took time for it to work its way up though the courts. Marriage is defined and regulated by the states in our system, so getting marriage equality at the state level is 90% of the battle. DOMA creates a lot of headaches and getting rid of it will be huge, but it’s a temporary aberration – an itty bitty speed bump in the grand scheme of things.
Congratulations Maine and to all the people who voted for “approval” of the equal marriage law!
The law becomes effective from midnight 29, December 2012. No waiting periods apply!
Freedom and victory never tasted so sweet, Congratulations to all of my LGBT brothers and sisters who are getting married in Maine. My wedding present to you is one that is bitter sweet, along with our victory and freedom comes new responsibilities and that is the fact that this new victory will drive the anti-gay Christians even more insane that they are already if that is possible. So you now have the added responsibility to not let the anti-gay Christians take your new found freedoms from you and others, continue to fight for the right for all LGBT Americans to get married to the ones they love until we all have the same rights as others in all of America. You have set the bar high Maine where the people have said let the ones who love get married and we need to continue that push to freedom for all LGBT in America and then the World. May God Bless all of my LGBT brothers and sisters who fight for the rights of all, God wants us to be alert and free forever.