Wow.

May 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Posted in civil rights | Leave a comment
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State capitol building (Maine State House), Augusta, Maine. Plan of octagonal drum.  Drawing by Charles Bulfinch, architect, circa 1829.

State capitol building ("Maine State House"), Augusta, Maine. Plan of octagonal drum. Drawing by Charles Bulfinch, architect, circa 1829.

(BangorDailyNews) Gov. John Baldacci on Wednesday signed a gay marriage bill passed just hours before by the Maine Legislature.

Baldacci made his announcement within an hour of the Maine Senate giving its final approval to LD 1020. The Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the measure after a short debate.

“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Governor Baldacci said in a written statement. “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”

The House of Representatives gave its approval on a 89-57 vote Tuesday.

This may not be the end of the issue in Maine, however, as it could be brought to a referendum to be decided by voters. Let’s hope that the voters in Maine are as intelligent as their governor.

UPDATE: Sadly, the referendum was defeated.

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