Innkeepers lobby for marriage equality

Bangor News
February 25, 2009
Innkeepers and others who make their livings in Maine’s tourism and wedding industries headed to the Statehouse today to ask legislators to support a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine [Link]

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Financial Impact of Gay Vows Studied

Kennebec Journal
February 23, 2009

A new Williams Institute study found that the Maine economy would see a $60 million boost over three years if that state allows gay couples to marry. [Link]

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Marriage-equality opponents rally in Augusta, Maine

Associated Press
February 16, 2009
The anti-gay Family Research Council says that nearly 1,000 people showed up to protest proposed legislation to bring marriage equality to Maine at a Sunday night rally at the Augusta Civic Center. [Link]

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Maine’s Marriage Equality Opponents Set-Up Website

Queerty
February 9, 2009
Queerty blogs about false claims made on a Web site launched by opponents of marriage equality in Maine, but says, [W]hile it's fun to poke holes in the site, it's worth remembering that well-funded, deep content sites like this helped ban gay marriage in California." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: The Marriage Debate

Bangor Daily News
January 30, 2009
"It is a sure sign of progress that lawmakers will soon debate whether marriage or civil unions are the appropriate way to recognize gay relationships in Maine. Nearly five years after Maine voters reaffirmed civil rights protections for gays and lesbians, the debate has taken a big step forward. The path leads to only one place -- full recognition of gay couples as equal to their heterosexual counterparts." [Link]

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No one should be denied equal right to marry

Morning Sentinel
January 19, 2009
The editorial board of the Maine newspaper writes, "We support this move to legalize gay marriage in Maine. And we do so for the very same reasons we supported gay marriage in Massachusetts six years ago. Our reasoning now is the same as it was then, and we see no reason to reinvent our arguments." (Link)

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Marriage equality bill being introduced in Maine

Associated Press
January 13, 2009
The marriage issue moved onto the legislative agenda Tuesday as supporters of the idea said this is the time to recognize marriages between same-sex couples -- even if the debate comes amid major concerns in the State House over budget cutbacks and their impact. (Link)

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Fight over marriage looms in Maine Legislature

Boston Herald
December 14, 2008
Equality Maine has collected more than 33,000 signatures that it will send to state lawmakers in support of marriage for gay couples. In response to the call for marriage equality in Maine, the newly-formed Maine Marriage Alliance is pushing for an anti-gay marriage amendment. [Link]

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Maine group drops anti-gay rights push

Boston Globe
June 19, 2008
An initiative campaign to repeal Maine's gay rights law and put in place roadblocks to equal marriage and adoptions is being abandoned, leaders of the campaign said Thursday, for lack of support. (Link)

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Just when we thought we were safe, League launches new attack

Kennebec Journal
April 15, 2008
David B. Offer writes, “Just when we thought the world, or at least Maine, was safe from another bigoted campaign against gay men and women, the League is launching a new referendum effort to repeal every law providing protection to people who have long faced discrimination.” [Link]

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