Same-sex marriage laws have swept New England. Other states will follow. Ethan Mondor, however, is not confused.
Hugh Tims of Portland, Maine, instructs canvassers who are working to support same-sex marriage. Mainers' vote to reject gay marriage does more than simply slap down a law that just six months ago had made Maine the U. Just like Californians one year ago, Maine voters insisted on having their say on an issue that simply will not go away.
Four volunteer firefighters, three straight and one gay, talk about their bond and how that drives each of them to support marriage equality in a new ad for Mainers United for Marriage, the coalition working to pass a referendum to reinstate the law this November. The men collectively have more than 30 years experience fighting fires. The Maine legislature passed marriage equality legislation in and then-governor John Baldacci signed the measure, but voters repealed the law in a referendum.
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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill Wednesday, and it will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns next month. Conversion therapy aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hat tip Chino Blanco for finding the first ad on the air in Maine from the anti-gay forces. It looks like an ad from the 80s. One would think that if the Catholic Church is going to fund this campaign — and it isthe Bishop would at least instill on some level of honesty.
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Dunlap said that Heath could pick up the paperwork and begin collecting signatures to force a statewide referendum. Signatures are needed from 61, verified registered voters to place the question on the ballot. In recent weeks, both North Carolina and Mississippi have come under fire for restricting the rights of LGBT people at the state level. Less than 14 hours after losing nearly two dozen Americans, another gunman opened fire on people in Dayton, Ohio.
Maine's Democratic Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday signed into law a statewide ban on gay conversion therapy targeting minors, joining 16 other states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted similar bans. Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to change one's sexual orientation through discredited therapeutic approaches and causes "documented harm" to patients who receive it, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group, hailed the bill's passage as an important step in guarding youth against an "egregious practice.
A no vote on the November ballot referendum question means a vote to support the law as passed while a yes vote opposes same-sex marriage and would support repealing the law. Supporters kicked off a campaign earlier this month, followed by opponents, Stand for Marriage Maine, which began running ads Tuesday. Catch their ads here.