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Maine Makes it 5, DC 5.5

A rainbow banner day

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The Maine State House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation allowing for same-sex marriages today, while DC’s city council voted to recognize same sex marriages that have taken place in other jurisdictions. This is a huge day for civil rights, but these battles aren’t completely won.

The legislation passed by Maine’s House still needs a final vote in the House and Senate before the legislation can be sent to their Governor for signing. This seems like a formality, however, as Maine’s Senate initially sent the legislation to the House with a 21-14 vote, and Maine’s State House voted 89-58.

DC still has a bit of a fight, as well.  Because DC isn’t a state it will have to be approved by its governing body–Congress–before it can be enacted as law.   DC’s resolution was passed by a 12-1 vote.

David A. Catania, one of two openly gay council members, eloquently argued his position during the debate, stating:

“This issue is whether or not our colleagues on a personal level view me and [Council member] Jim Graham as your equals.”

“If we are permitted the same rights and responsibilities and obligations as our colleagues. So this is personal. This is acknowledging our families as much as we acknowledge you.”

Former DC Mayor, and current councilman Marion Barry, was the only member to vote against the proposal. In defending his position, Barry said:

“[It was an] agonizing and difficult decision” made after prayer and consulting with the religious community.”

Those of us who know Barry understand this roughly translates to “I blame crack!”

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May 5, 2009 - Posted by | News You May or May Not Use | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Go Maine!

    I don’t know Berry, but I like your translation. 😉

    Comment by TheHobo | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. I find it totally awesome that the most out-of-the-blue states (come on, Iowa?) are on the cutting edge of these new laws. They are all: oh, look at us! we aren’t hate-mongering kitty-snuffers like you guys! And for that, they ROCK!

    And I just wondered, for the first time since the demise of MG, what happened to our good friend Matt.

    Comment by Helen Skor | May 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. TheHobo: In 1990, while Barry was mayor of DC, he was arrested for 80 billions counts of crack possession (I may have that figure wrong). I think ultimately very little stuck, but he was convicted of drug possession, which made him reconsider running for re-election. BUT, a mere 4 years later, after “getting right with god,” i.e. doing whatever he could to save his political ass, he again ran for and was elected Mayor, but didn’t run for mayor again after that term.

    In 2002 he was going to run for Council, but decided against it after he was caught with “traces” of pot and cocaine in his car. He waited a couple of years and ran for Council and won. So basically he’s a public official who has learned he can do whatever he pleases, including crack. God’s OK with Barry’s drug use; He’s just not OK with two people who love each other getting married…go figure.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | May 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. Where is our Thundergays?

    We need more Thundergays!

    Comment by cooter jean | May 6, 2009 | Reply


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