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California's same-sex marriage battle has new target: Maine


Partisans on both sides of California’s battle over same-sex marriage have a new target: Maine.

That state’s Legislature voted last spring to allow gay marriage -- but only if the measure survives a so-called “people’s veto” in which voters will have a chance to review the Legislature’s decision.

That has made the Pine Tree State the next battleground over same sex marriage. Today, Equality California, one of this state’s largest gay rights groups, sent out a fundraising appeal urging supporters to send their donations to Maine.

The appeal noted that opponents of gay marriage, including many who were active in California’s $80-million battle over Proposition 8, have raised more than twice as much money. Frank Schubert, who managed the Yes on 8 campaign, is deeply involved in Maine’s campaign.

“A victory in Maine is essential for victory in California,” wrote Geoff Kors, head of EQCA.

-- Jessica Garrison

Photo: Same-sex marriage supporters and opponents in March outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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When will America stand up these people who insist on thrusting their religion and point of view into other people's lives?

I look forward to the day that a ballot measure strips all religions of their tax exempt status and are exposed for the fallacies they are.

Jesus- Protect us from your followers!

Kudos to New England (sans RI) and Iowa for supporting (civil) marriage.
And to the Episcopal Church too.

I'm busy this summer officiating for couples who are coming to CT to wed from all around the country. Congrats to all.

It's time America. (Shame on CA)

Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
Washington, Connecticut, USA

And to the marriage foes, and sexually phobic, please find something else to do with your time, because life's too short. Find love.

The American Psychiatric Association has confirmed that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, and has no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work, or to contribute to society. The American Psychological Association states that homosexuality and homosexual relationships are normal. The US Census reveals that 1/3 of America's same-sex families are raising children, with the same responsibilities of any American family, needing and deserving all the same financial, legal and social protections that current marriage laws provides. The American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that these children develop normally in every way. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association have all endorsed civil marriage for same sex couples because marriage strengthens the mental and physical health and the longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents, and seniors. When Americas premier child and mental health associations and their expert panels endorse marriage equality, there is thus no ethical reason to discriminate against gay people and their children, other than disrespectfully imposing one's own ideology on others.
We must realize that some 3% of every generation of children from every culture will always recognize that they are gay. The question that we need to ask ourselves is: what are we doing to make the world a safer and more welcoming place for these youth? Children should learn that all American families and marriages are equal in the eyes of the law.
Every mainstream credible medical or mental health association has published the same opinion: marriage is good for Americans, and it should be available to all adults.

Since marriage is a function performed and licensed by the state thru its agents (including but NOT limited to religious persons), the state cannot discriminate based on a religious interpretation of marriage. Marriage means many things to many persons. Common law marriage has been recognized by the state even though no license was issued. It was the long time companionship that 2 people shared. Same for same sex couples. Taking all the specious arguments out of the marriage debate, what is left? Nothing for the state to do except modify the forms, issue the licenses and let the couples say "I DO". Keep religion where it should be, behind church doors.

Maine already had enough support to get it passed once! There's no question we'll do it again! Love doesn't depend on gender, so why should marriage?!


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