Arts & Entertainment
Changes seen in Maine on gay marriage since vote
Originally printed 3/1/2012 (Issue 2009 - Between The Lines News)
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -
Gay marriage advocates say much has changed since 2009 when Mainers overturned a law legalizing same-sex marriage. Opponents agree.
But they disagree on what those changes are and what they mean for this year's gay marriage initiative, expected as a statewide referendum on November's ballot.
Gay marriage activists say many opponents in the 2009 referendum have changed their minds. They base that view on poll numbers, one-on-one discussions with 40,000 residents and strong response they had in collecting more than 100,000 signatures to move the matter forward.
But opponents say what's changed is that Mainers are more conservative now - as evidenced by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Republican governor - and are more vocal in their opposition since voters rejected same-sex marriage three years ago.
- VETOED: Arizona Religious Bias Bill Falls
- Oregon AG Will Not Defend Ban On Same Sex Marriage
- Fight Over Gay Marriage Moving To Federal Courts
- Federal Judge In Texas Strikes Down Marriage Ban
- BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Virginia Marriage Ban
- NFL Prospect Could Become 1st Openly Gay Player
- Couples Sue To Force Ohio's Hand On Gay Marriage
- Indiana Gay Marriage Foes Press On As Tides Shift
- Gay Marriage Battle Could Linger For Next Texas AG
- 'Huge Breakthrough': Maine Court Defends Transgender Student
- LGBT Movement Assessment Report Issued
- Judge In Virginia Marriage Case Will Decide 'Soon'
- Dramatic Developments In Challenge To Virginia's Ban
- Appeals court hears same-sex custody case in Connecticut
- Utah Governor Open To Law Allowing Civil Unions