Some intrepid Facebook reportage suggests that there will be an
impromptu and informal celebration at 7 pm in Monument Square tonight.
Here's the Press Herald on today's events; here's As Maine Goes, and here's Pam's House Blend (with a really interesting story about a personal phone call Governor Baldacci made last week).
EqualityMaine Applauds House Passage
of Marriage Equality Bill
AUGUSTA - The momentum continues to build in favor of
legislation granting marriage equality to same-sex couples in Maine. In the halls of
the State House on Tuesday, leaders of the coalition backing the bill hailed the
impressive vote in the House of Representatives sending the bill one big step
closer to enactment.
Live on Twitter - follow the Portland Phoenix and others live-tweeting the Maine House debate. Audio's here.
The Judiciary Committee work session is still going on. And the committee did kill the expansion of the domestic partnership registry (LD 1118). But the same-sex marriage vote (LD 1020) has been taken, and it's a majority "Ought To Pass."
Here's the tally:
Senator Lawrence Bliss (D-Cumberland), Chair - co-sponsor, commented in favor; voted Yes
I write today to commend the Portland Press Herald, for having the courage to deeply explore objections to same-sex marriage, and to report, even in an opinion piece, pitfalls that have come out of the national drive toward legalizing same-sex marriage.
MD Harmon's opinion piece today is masterful, commanding, and is a must-read piece of writing.
Here is a complete list of Senator Damon's co-sponsors on An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom:
The lead co-sponsor is Representative Hannah Pingree (D-North Haven).
Justin Alfond (D-Portland)
Phil Bartlett (D-Gorham)
Larry Bliss (D-South Portland/Cape Elizabeth)