Retrieved June 22, Show 25 25 50 All. Angus King for U. Laws barring sodomy were overturned in Send us ideas for follow-up stories. Gay marriage supporters, who had cast the question as a classic civil rights struggle, had hoped that Maine voters would become the first in the country to sanction gay marriage. Stand for Marriage's top leaders are a generation older, both with church backgrounds.
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But gay couples still struggle to attain this last legal equaliser. Baldacci hopes the campaign, as it gains national attention, will be illuminating and respectful rather than nasty. Sorry, we could not find your e-mail or password. The Act also maintained the requirement for genetic counseling in marriage between first cousins of the opposite sex and expanded it to include first cousins of the same sex, despite the inability of persons of the same sex to conceive a child together. Schubert, hired to reprise his role in California, has employed controversial TV ads similar to those which helped sway the Prop 8 vote. Maine could be the first — a prospect which worries Schubert and his allies. Chamberlain, 57, and Marlin, 62, who hope to wed in their church in Brunswick, got engaged in May when the state Senate approved the marriage bill.
On May 6,a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maine was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci following legislative approval. The other side, Stand For Marriage Maine, is getting major assistance from the National Organization for Marriage, which played a key role last year when Proposition 8 quashed a California Supreme Court ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage. On January 26,supporters delivered overpetition signatures for the initiative to the Secretary of State's office, exceeding the minimum of 57, signatures required for initiatives in the state. Episcopal Bishop Stephen Lane, part of a religious coalition supporting same-sex marriage, anticipates a harrowing election night. Archived from the original on January 20,