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Maine Gay Marriage

Manhattan Declaration -- Who Are They Kidding?

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Let's hope the Mormon leadership is truly softening its position on the issue of gay rights. It has been a huge PR nightmare for the Church and one that divides so many Mormon families.

Obama's Big Gay Speech

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Let it be known that the GLBT community is no longer interested in being pals with the powerful or having the famous tell us we are fabulous -- unless it leads to action.

Now What? The Long and Winding Road towards LGBT Equality

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Over the past year, voters have stripped away marriage rights in California and Maine. And the California Supreme Court failed in its obligation to protect our fundamental freedom to marry. So now what?

Marriage Equality in New York: The Time Is Now

Liz Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Krueger

I do not know that this legislation will pass, although I am optimistic. But whether we have the votes to pass marriage equality legislation or not, it will be a credit to the Senate.

Gay Apartheid Outs the Other Side of an Otherwise Great Nation

Herb Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Herb Hamsher

Maine is yet one more demonstration that the vast numbers of people in this country who don't believe in Gay Apartheid are simply not motivated to come out in sufficient numbers to oppose it.

The Power of Fear and the Obligation to Hope

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

It was not surprising to learn that New Jersey and Virginia both elected Republican Governors. But I could not have predicted the loss in the tiny, liberal, free state of Maine.

What Thomas Jefferson Would Think of Maine Voting on Other People's Rights

Mike Alvear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Alvear

There is only one thing worse than voting to deny somebody their rights: Voting to give it to them. Sometimes I wonder how the framers of the Cons...

The Big Gay Speech We Wish Obama Would Give

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

I'm sure his speechwriters have cooked up something special for Saturday, but I've got a few ideas of my own. I've written a speech for the beloved President -- the kind of speech we wish the man would give, just once.

Voting on Equal Rights is a National Disgrace

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

With a record of 0-31 in marriage initiatives, now may be a good opportunity to review our complicity in a process that doles out or strips away basic rights by majority vote.

Chicago-Area Bishops Spent Money Fighting Maine Gay Marriage

Chicago Catholic News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Maine voters decided this past week to overturn their state's controversial same-sex marriage law, they had a little help from several Chicago-area...

Same-Sex Marriage and the Meaning of Words

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Even if people are willing, as good citizens, to grant gays and lesbians "all the rights married people have," they can't stand the thought of seeing marriage, a "sacred" word, and concept, brutalized.

Gay Marriage Loss in Maine Is a Straight Loser

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Gay marriage is a civil rights issue; it will take a Supreme Court decision or an amendment to the US Constitution to make this right. That's almost inconceivably hard work, but ending slavery was no picnic either.

Obama and LGBT Rights: A Year Since Election Day

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Looking back on a year of LGBT rights activism under the Obama umbrella, I wonder just how much we have done to make LGBT rights a priority for Americans. The president himself has done little.

A Side by Side Comparison of TV Ads on Maine's Gay Marriage Law

Mike Alvear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Alvear

Maine legalized same sex marriage this past June but The Right Wing managed to put it on the ballot for this November. Here's how the TV wars are going.

Observations from the Trenches in Maine

Jesse Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Connolly

By moving this basic premise of marriage equality from the sink hole of catastrophic defeat state after state, year after year, to within striking distance of a win, we will eventually reach the finish line.

From California to Maine: Lessons in Reliability and Perseverance

Joseph DiNorcia, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph DiNorcia, Jr.

When push came to shove, the voters of both Maine and California have acted to restrict marriage rights. So what's going on? Why have these states abandoned us and the progressive cause?

F**k Maine: A Call for Civil Disobedience in the Fight for Marriage Equality

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Petrow

It's been a generation since ACT-UP's members and other activists took to the streets, protesting outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and the NIH. These tactics should not be lost in this new struggle for marriage equality.

Gay leaders Blame Obama, TV Ads For Loss In Maine

AP | LISA LEFF and DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — Stunned and angry, national gay rights leaders Wednesday blamed scare-mongering ads – and President Barack Obama's lack of...

Maine Gay Marriage Referendum: Results, Updates

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

*****CHECK BACK HERE TONIGHT FOR RESULTS***** ***UPDATE 10:14PM*** Early returns show the vote is close: Gay marriage was put to a vote in Maine on...

Maine Voters To Decide Future Of Gay Marriage Law

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PORTLAND, Maine — Gay marriage has lost in every single state in which it has been put to a popular vote. Come Election Day, gay-rights supporte...

National Organization for Marriage Donor Names Kept Secret

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has committed possibly the most blatant disregard of a state election law since records have been kept.

Maggie and Brian -- Sign the Oath!

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

By giving $250,000, NOM is by far the biggest contributor to Question 1 on the November 3rd ballot in Maine. NOM has not disclosed any of the true donor names, nor filed as a PAC.

Same-Sex Marriage After Maine: What Can We Do Differently?

Isobel White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isobel White

If experiences in California are any measure, LGBT residents of Maine can expect higher levels of stress and depression and greater feelings of political alienation. So what can we do differently?

Gay Marriage Vote Set For Tuesday?

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson on Monday urged lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, calling it "an issue that touches on the...

The New Gay Apartheid

Jim David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim David

Whatever church those people do go to, they are taught hate and fear, not the Christian love I grew up with. They both hate gays and fear them.