Maine Governor John Baldacci signed a bill today that legalizes marriages between two dudes or two chicks. The only suspense surrounding this legislation was whether Baldacci would sign the bill because he was all wishy-washy about how he felt about dem gheys. He was for gay marriage before he was against or some nonsense. Whatever, now he is for it. Maine’s decision to legalize gay marriage now leaves Rhode Island as the only state in New England without some form of legal recognition for same sex couples. Will Rhode Island continue this trend toward a gay apocalypse? Will we all be forced to march in the parade?
The law’s passage also sets up a likely referendum campaign, as opponents pledged to launch a petition drive to overturn the law at the statewide ballot box. Baldacci said in a statement that while he has opposed gay marriage in the past, “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,” the governor said. “It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of church and state.”It guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government,” Baldacci said.