Live: Maine’s House Discussing Marriage Equality Bill

Listen to live streaming of Maine House of Representatives debating to end marriage discrimination: http://tinyurl.com/f2m-maine

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Refutation of right-wing falsehoods related to “teaching in schools”

Equality Maine YouTube Channel
April 29, 2009

Steve Wessler, Founder of the Center for Prevention of Hate Violence in Maine, refutes the falsehood that was stated during the Maine public hearing about teaching children in schools about diversity.

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Marriage equality bill passes Maine Senate

365Gay.com
April 30, 2009

The Maine Senate on Thursday gave initial approval to legislation that would permit same-sex couples to marry. The Senate voted 21-14 to approve the measure (gaining a vote from the first reading), following an emotional debate. An attempt by conservatives to put the issue before voters was soundly defeated. The measure now moves to the House. [Link]

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Maine: FULL Senate Vote – TODAY!

Get Busy Get Equal
April 30, 2009

Nora Ranney writes, "After a successful joint Judiciary Committee vote this week, the Marriage Equality bill (LD 1020) goes to the Senate floor for a vote TODAY. The Senate consists of 20 Democrats and 15 Republicans, with a simple majority needed to pass…so the magic number is 18." [Link]

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Maine committee approves marriage bill

Maine Daily News
April 28, 2009

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee voted 11-2-1 today in support of a bill to allow gay couples to marrt in Maine. Eleven members voted in favor of the bill, two voted against it, and one voted to send it to referendum. The bill will now move forward to the full Senate for consideration. [Link]

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Marriage equality backers urge Maine gov’s support

Foster's Daily Democrat
April 28, 2009

Supporters of marriage equality in Maine delivered 10,000 post cards on Monday to the office of Baldacci, who remains undecided on the issue. In a State House news conference, they also talked about their legislative lobbying efforts a day before the Judiciary Committee again takes up an issue that drew thousands to a hearing in Augusta last week. (Link)

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Thousands attend Augusta hearing on bill that would extend rights of same-sex couples, bill allowing

Bangor Daily News
April 23, 2009

Same-sex couples from around the state urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow them to marry in Maine while opponents asked that it be rejected. About 3,000 people filed into the Augusta Civic Center for the daylong hearing on LD 1020 held Wednesday before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee. Supporters, many of whom were dressed in red, outnumbered opponents more than 4-to-1. (Link)









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Mainers Air Their Views on Marriage Equality

New York Times
April 23, 2009

Maine became the latest New England state to take up the issue of marriage equality Wednesday, when thousands of Mainers emotionally told lawmakers why the state should allow it. About 4,000 people packed into the Augusta Civic Center, snarling traffic throughout the capital city, for a daylong public hearing. “The bill is fair; this bill’s time has come,” said Senator Dennis S. Damon, a Democrat who is the bill’s sponsor. “It recognizes the worth and dignity of every man and every woman among us.” (Link)

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From Maine: It’s not a storm, it’s a sea… of RED!

ACLU Get Busy Get Equal Blog
April 22, 2009

Nora Ranney, ACLU's LGBT Project Legislative & Field Director, shares her experience of attending the public hearing in Maine for their marriage equality bill: "Our side has come out in droves. I can’t estimate the number of people, but the civic center is 90 percent full, with LOTS of red. I would say there are about 25 marriage supporters to every opponent." (Link)

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Marriage on center stage

Sun Journal
April 22, 2009

Members of the Judiciary Committee, who are holding a day-long public hearing on a marriage bill on Wednesday, will be the first state legislators to officially take a position on the measure. [Link]
Related: Click here for live streaming video of the event

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