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?. . .
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