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it happened today! the governor of Maine, John Baldacci, signed legislation legalizing gay marriage in the state! woohoo! the legislation is called LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.”
one of the cooler aspects of this particular story is how Governor Baldacci’s personal views changed after his listening to a thorough and respectful debate on the issue. “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 continued, “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… This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of Church and State.”
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