Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maine Supports Gay Marriage

Maine becomes the fifth state to support marriage equality.

Gov. John Baldacci: "In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Governor Baldacci said. “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."

Baldacci also noted that “does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs,” nor does it require churches to perform gay weddings.

And really, isn't this the entire point? Civil marriage has absolutely nothing to do with a religious, ceremonial marriage and that's how it should be. Those opposed to gay marriage always seem to bring up the religious aspect in their arguments when it has nothing to do with religion. It's all about equal rights, civil rights and states rights.

(H/T Think Progress)


Annette said...

That's what I keep pointing out.. take the religion out of it.. once they do that. .all arguments are gone.

Even yesterday he hadn't made up his mind to sign off on it.. I am glad he finally decided on signing it. Way to go Maine.. One step at a time..

Fraulein said...

People are slowly coming to the realization that The Evil Cabal of The Gays is not, in fact, coming in the dead of night to steal our children. Here in old pinko Massachusetts we've had the gay marriage for some time, with no ill effects to anyone, really. So even the most dim-witted are starting to realize it doesn't hurt anybody.