Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What Round 2 will look like in Maine

What's next for Maine? The New York Times reports that a new law usually goes into effect in late June, but opponents can collect signatures to block any law and force a statewide vote.

Antigay forces must collect about 55,000 signatures within 90 days of legislative adjournment to put the question on the ballot. If they can reach that mark, then the state will vote on marriage equality in November of this year or June 2010.

Stay tuned, keep organizing. Let's not have a rerun of Proposition 8.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Compare and contrast; one of my high school english teachers drilled that into my head.
Compare and contrast: Slave rights and gay rights; the contrasts are easy, the comparisons are profound. Slaves could not get legally married either. They could not create and sign contracts, and what is marriage mostly (legally speaking) but a huge contract with thousands of rights and responsibilities.
Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke there last year saying, "That just like apartheid laws that criminalized sexual relations between different races, laws against homosexuality are increasingly becoming recognized as anachronistic and inconsistent both with international law and with traditional values of dignity, inclusion, and respect for all."
Apartheid: A system of laws applied to one category of citizens in order to isolate them and keep them from having privileges and opportunities given to all others.
Stop gay apartheid.