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Maine Senate approves gay marriage 20-15

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The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to provide equal marriage rights to gay couples. The state of Maine is now poised to become the sixth major victory for same-sex marriage in six months.

The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples by a vote of 21 to 14. It did so after first defeating an amendment that would have sent the issue to voters in November. That hostile amendment failed on a 13 to 22 vote.

Equality Maine director Betsy Smith said momentum in support of the equal marriage rights bill really started snowballing after a record-setting public hearing on the measure last week. Three thousand people showed up -most of them in favor of the bill-at the civic center in the capital city of Augusta.

Smith says now the bill must go to the House, where it is expected to find relatively easy approval. It will then have to go back to the Senate and the House for final votes before it can be sent to Democratic Governor John Baldacci.

Baldacci has been publicly opposed to same-sex marriages but in a recent conversation with a pro-gay constituent described on the blog Pam’s House Blend, Baldacci indicated his position on the issue has “evolved.”

— Lisa Keen, Keen News Service

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Written by OutQ News staff

April 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM

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