Here’s a recap of the same-sex marriage wars that are raging across the country. I’m going to post info as I try to bring myself and my readers up to speed on the issues of the last few days.
Fight over gay marriage looms in Main Legislature. . . Residents and law makers of Maine are facing the same issues, problems and debates that Californians did, over the rights of gays to marry. Residents can be found on both sides of the issue claiming the same rational that was used in California.
Maine religious leaders and activists are mobilizing for a legislative battle next year over the politically charged issue of gay marriage.
Newly formed Maine Marriage Alliance is pushing for an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Proposed Amendment to the Maine Constitution
“Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
Here’s the 411 on how Maine can amend it’s state constitution:
The Maine Constitution is amended by a two-thirds vote of both the House and the Senate and then ratified by the voters. The Maine Legislature could also call a Constitutional Convention. Either way, only the legislature can initiate a Maine Constitutional Amendment.
You may have heard of the current referendums in California and Florida to amend their state constitutions. Their constitutions were written differently allowing for citizen-initiated amendments.
You may also be confused with a current Maine referendum to tighten existing definition of marriage law. This referendum can initiate change in the law but not the State Constitution.
It looks like Californians had it a bit easier, or did we?. . .
The legislature and the court don’t want to recognize the CA voting majority’s political clout, and they are allowing irritated opposition-ers to challenge the will of the people in court. I suspect there will be many attempts at recalling Maine’s elected officials if they don’t do what the same-sex marriage brigade wants them to. Look out Maine…..they are coming for you next……Stand tall, hold firm, be strong and pray!
“Efforts are pretty clearly under way to simply redefine marriage in the state,” said the Rev. Bob Emrich, pastor of Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church in Plymouth and a founder of the alliance. “Let’s put that issue to rest. We want to define marriage, put it in the current constitution so we don’t have to wonder if the court or Legislature will overturn it.”
It sounds like they learned from our fiasco here in California, where we saw judicial activism at its finest, when the Supreme Court over turned the people’s vote on Proposition 22, which was supposed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Both sides agree that any bill allowing same-sex marriage that wins legislative approval is sure to be challenged in a people’s veto referendum.
And then of course on the side of the opposition, and free-love, sex, and marriage-for-all is none other then the Maine Civil Liberties Union which, “has hired a marriage organizer to have community discussions around the issue.” I think they should rephrase that and say a Non-Marriage Organizer, or Anti-Marriage Organizer; what is a marriage organizer anyway? I mean, at this point, gays can’t marry in Maine.
Emrich, of the Maine Marriage Alliance, says that if lawmakers take up the issue, part of the debate should focus on a constitutional amendment that would reflect the traditional view of marriage that he says has been the norm for at least 2,000 years.
We’ll keep you posted as this unravels in Maine next year.
Elected leaders in Sioux City, on a split vote Monday, delayed action on a controversial proposal to publicly oppose gay marriage.
In a move more symbolic then anything, Councilman Brent Hoffman, “asked other council members to publicly to support the definition of traditional marriage as being between a man and a woman.”
the city lacks legal authority over the issue, but Hoffman said the resolution is important because it clarifies the council’s position and directs city departments, boards and commissions to stay in line with that position. It also asks for a statewide vote on whether gay marriage should be allowed.
Hoffman said the discussion was prompted by a planned town hall forum, hosted by proponents of gay marriage, that is set for today in Sioux City. Some residents had asked whether the city endorsed the group’s message because the forum will be at a public library.
The case, Varnum vs. Brien, could make Iowa the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage. Forty-one states have statutory gay-marriage bans, and 30 have defined marriage in their constitutions. Iowa’s high court is expected to rule on the case next year.