The latest Repeal Equality Campaign ad (embedded below) just outright says that gay sex will be taught in Maine's grade schools. Suddenly, it seems, the Catholic Church, which is a major backer of this campaign, is concerned about kids learning about sex at a young age, and is concerned about the appropriateness of what they are learning.
Stats analyst Nate Silver, who became famous for his blindingly accurate meta-polling during the 2008 presidential campaign, has tackled Question 1.
I have blogged before about the complacency and backwardness of the No On 1 campaign strategy: "Will
Maine discriminate? Only if cowards and defensive-minded people hedge
and engage with this kind of idiocy.
I just read and digested Deirdre's post, responding to my post from last night.
As I told her (we do also talk in the office, rather than just posting back and forth) I agree with about 98 percent of what she wrote - possibly even more. I especially agree with her that the anti-same-sex-marriage crew are not really engaging in debate about marriage itself (or partnership or even civil unions) but are actually still denouncing homosexuality and homosexuals, whether they want to get married or not.
Scott Fish, the AsMaineGoes-er who is now spokesman for bigotry in Maine, has sent a whining message suggesting that his organization's issues are not being fairly investigated by the Maine media.
Specifically, he wants to know why we have reported that his campaign's claim that "gay marriage will be taught in Maine schools" is a lie.
According to a recent poll, 92 percent of Iowans are either not gay or lesbian or are but didn't want to get married anyway.
The Des Moines Register polled Iowans about their opinions on same-sex marriage four months after the state's highest court legalized the practice. And 92 percent of them (with a margin of error of 3.
Sorry - a technical glitch blocked me from finishing posting the videos on this post (where the first three videos are). So here are the rest:
Last evening, after the historic day on which Governor John Baldacci became the first governor in the nation to sign into law a same-sex marriage act, there was a medium-sized gathering in Monument Square to celebrate. (It would have been bigger, we're sure, but the Maine Civil Liberties Union annual dinner was going on at exactly the same time up in Freeport.
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
In a short, but clearly argued, editorial yesterday, The Maine Campus, the student newspaper at the University of Maine at Orono, endorsed same-sex marriage.
It declares directly, "marriage
equality, as it is proposed in Sen. Dennis Damon's bill, LD 1020, poses
no threat to Maine's straight marriages or to its religious faithful.
As promised, when anyone sends me their LD 1020 testimony (as long as they send it to me before today's hearing ends), I'll post it:
Joint Committee on the JudiciaryTestimony of Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director,Gay & Lesbian Advocates & DefendersApril 22, 2009Senator Bliss, Representative Priest, and Honorable Members of the Judiciary
Here's Senator Damon's testimony. (Anyone else - of any perspective - who wants to send their testimony in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org - today only - will see theirs posted, too.)
Sen. Bliss, Rep. Priest, esteemed members of the Joint Standing Committee on
Judiciary, I am Dennis Damon. I am honored to represent the 28th District in
the Maine Senate.
Two thoughts as I listen to the testimony on LD 1020.
1) While I know that my marriage is work, the testimony from same-sex couples about how hard they are willing to work - and how hard they have worked - to solidify their relationships in the eyes of the law, is truly humbling and makes me think that no matter how hard days have been in my relationship with my wife, I am deeply grateful that I never had to fight bureaucracies and engage lawyers the way they have.
The head of the Catholic Diocese of Maine, which has been spearheading opposition efforts: