Enough signatures collected in Maine for a gay marriage vote

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  1. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/na...ature_goal_in_maine/srvc=home&position=recent
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    A popular vote shouldn't be used to allow discrimination.
     
  3. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    What bull****.

    Two glimmers of hope. First, if it gets on the ballot maybe it'll be voted down. And second, even if it passes, as long as it's not a constitutional amendment (the article doesn't say), it could get tossed by the courts.

    Why do people enjoy being so mean-spirited? Because God tells them to? :rolleyes: :mad:
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    F*** this! Hey- let's put blacks' and women's rights up for a vote too. :mad:
     
  5. Queso macrumors G4

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    Well, I suppose this is when we find out what lessons have been learned from the anti-Prop 8 failure. I'd like to believe the fundies will get their arses kicked, with 70% or more voting for marriage equality, but I very much doubt that outcome.
     
  6. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Let's wait and see the numbers first. The East Coast is fairly liberal. I can see this being defeated.

    I also think it's fairly pathetic that all it takes is a little more than 55,000 signatures to do something like this.
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    California is pretty liberal too, I thought for sure Prop H8 would be defeated there too.
     
  8. iGary Guest

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    It's going to be close. When it comes down to it, most people still think homosexuals are icky.

    I have people I work with that I get along with very well that would probably vote against gay marriage. And they know just about everything about my outside life and that I've been with my partner for 10 years.
     
  9. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I live in a bubble. There isn't anyone I know in this city who would vote against equal marriage rights, let alone in my office. This town is really with it when it comes to us.
     
  10. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Maine's homophobes are at a serious disadvantage.

    Unlike California, Maine's state constitution has no provision to place constitutional amendments on the ballot by voter petition. These signatures must therefore be for ordinary law. The only body that could propose a constitutional amendment would be the legislature that legalized same-sex marriage to begin with.

    If this law passes, it will be challenged in court, and Maine's courts are probably likely to be informed by the Marriage Cases just as Iowa's were.

    My guess: nothing but a speed bump.
     
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    Well so is D.C., but I don't live there any longer. :)
     
  12. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Thanks for the info. That's very encouraging.
     
  13. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Regardless of the outcome, I can see it being rendered completely moot within a few years by something on the federal level.
     
  14. leekohler macrumors G5

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    We can only hope.
     
  15. Eanair thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My thoughts exactly.
     

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