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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Going on Now: Follow the Maine Hearing on Twitter

Join us on Twitter now to follow the key highlights from the Maine hearing: http://twitter.com/freedomtomarry

And if you want to read minute by minute updates, go to our partner, GLAD's twitter: http://twitter.com/GLADLaw

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Live from Maine

ACLU Get Busy Get Equal Blog
April 21, 2009

Nora Ranney writes from Portland, Maine about the extensive preparation for Maine's legislative hearing to be held on April 22 on a bill to end the exclusion of gay couples from marriage. (Link)

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Emotions Run High for Marriage Hearing

Morning Sentinel
April 21, 2009

Marriage equality advocates and opponents are stepping up their efforts in Maine as the state Legislature prepares to vote on two proposed measures addressing the issue. [Link]

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This Wednesday Come to the Public Hearing in Maine

Equality Maine
April 20, 2009
Here's an urgent message from Equality Maine about this Wednesday's hearing on their marriage equality bill:
April 22,2009 9:00 am
Maine’s marriage campaign is moving to the next level. The hearing on the marriage bill has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the Augusta Civic Center. Make no mistake about it: April 22 will be the single most important day of this campaign outside of the final vote. The media, legislators, governor, and people of Maine will be watching. We need you there.

Email april22@equalitymaine.org to RSVP for the marriage bill hearing. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number.

Our opponents already announced they will have over 1,000 people at the hearing. We cannot let them outnumber us on this critical day. The LGBT and allied community must come together like never before.

Please plan to bring your friends, family and children with you – this will be a family-friendly event. RSVP at april22@equalitymaine.org. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. Once you RSVP, our staff will be in touch with important details about the hearing. Space will be limited, so we have to be organized and arrive early.

Event Location:
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Dr.
Augusta, ME 04330


If you are in Maine or know anyone in Maine, spread the word and show your support for equality! (Link)

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OPINION: The Politics of Gay-Bashing

The Seacoast
April 8, 2009
"Marriage equality bills are now being considered by the legislatures of Maine and New Hampshire as well. And once again, the specter of a gubernatorial veto looms over the process. Govs. John Baldacci and John Lynch -- both Democrats -- have previously said they oppose gay marriage, even though they support civil unions. Both men have always seemed to me decent and fair-minded, so my question to them is this: By what rationale would you refuse brother citizens -- who pay their taxes, follow the law and contribute to our community -- the same pursuit of happiness in which you have engaged?" [Link]

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Marriage Turns a Corner

Bangor Daily News
April 9, 2009

The Maine newspaper writes in support of the actions taken in Iowa and Vermont to uphold the freedom to marry for gay couples, and says, "Maine should also turn this corner, not because Vermont did, but because equality, which is guaranteed by our Constitution, demands it." (Link)

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Iowa shows freedom to marry’s time has come and place is everywhere

Google Comments
April 3, 2009

Evan Wolfson writes, "There's a rainbow over Iowa today -- and equality in marriage has come to America's heartland," and discusses the actions everyone can take to help support ongoing work in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, California, and all across the country. (Link)

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Groups Say Maine Freedom to Marry Law Good for Kids

The Boston Globe
March 26, 2009
Representatives from groups of social workers, psychologists and children's interest advocates spoke in support of proposed marriage equality legislation in Maine, saying their research shows that children's well being "does not differ markedly whether their parents are gay or straight." [Link]

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A battle hymn for equality

SeaCoast Online
March 18, 2009

D. Allan Kerr writes about how passing marriage equality in Maine wouldn't change his or his family's life, but that he believes we should all stand up against discrimination. (Link)

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