Maine Senate Passes Marriage Equality
April 30, 2009 by Bryan
A bill to legalize gay marriage has won all-but-final approval in the Maine Senate.
The measure now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration next week.
In initial voting after extended and emotional debate Thursday, the Senate voted 20-15 to give its preliminary approval.
Next, an amendment to require a statewide referendum on the matter was rejected, 22-13.
Then the Senate registered its support for the original measure again, this time by 21-14.
So, the next quesion is, will Gov. James Baldacci sign it? Interestingly, the governor apparently made an unsolicited phone call to a well-known blogger.
Pam, of Pam’s House Blend, relates a dizzying conversation with the Democratic governor.
“I was extremely impressed by the arguments for both sides, but especially by the proponents,” the governor reportedly said. “I was opposed to this for a long time, but people evolve, people change as time goes by.”
Pam relates the conversation as “very friendly.”