Teh gheys can get hitched up north, too

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.

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    Most striking is the sharp shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage. Forty-nine percent said it should be legal for gay people to marry, and 46 percent said it should be illegal. About three years ago, a broad majority said such unions should be illegal (58 percent illegal to 36 percent legal).

  • If you can call a dog’s tail a leg, then how many legs does a dog have?  They can go ahead and “legalize” it, but a true conservative will not accept it.  In Canada, I’d be thrown in jail for saying it.  Lucky for me I will only be vilified by the amoralists of the US, for now.

    Thirty years ago, the almost extinct Globe said this would never happen.  With that kind of track record, we know what else will be coming down the pick eventually.  God save the USA.  No sanctity left.

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  • “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.”

    True: but a civil union should not be equal to marriage, and fairness and equal protection do not mandate providing the means to have children with someone of the same sex.  So therefore, since we have different rights depending on the sex of the person we want to partner with, then Civil Union should have different rights, and should not be equal to marriage.  The only difference though should be that marriages protect the couple’s conception rights and CU’s don’t.

    “This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs,”the governor said.”

    False: if someone is civilly married, everyone has to recognize that, no one can pretend the obligations of a civil marriage do not exist.  There are even laws that punish clergy for knowingly ignoring impediments to marriage and officiating a marriage anyhow.

    “It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees.”

    Duh, no church is ever required to do 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.

    Bad! Treating citizens equally, as if there was no such thing as sex and everyone had all the same rights with all other people, is bad.  There is one right we should only have with the other sex.  Declaring a right to same-sex conception requires tons of tax payer funding and energy consumption and wasted resources, it plays recklessly with people’s health and well-being, and diminishes everyone’s claim to have children with someone of the other sex.  It forces genetic engineering on everyone at our great expense.

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  • How many married gay couples do you know?

    How many gay weddings have you been to?

    And how has the recognition of those couples’ relationship in any way whatsoever harmed the commonwealth, or harmed your own marriage?

    I’m betting I could nearly EXACTLY the same worded responses from those opposed marriage between between the races just a few short years ago. Nearly all of whom eventually came round to realizing that, hey, …  it jad no impact on anything besides making a few people happy.

    I have absolutely no doubt but that in ten years you’ll all be laughing at your own responses.

    But please, keep it up. Actively trying to ban good peopel from getting hitched wil definitely help keep you out of adult business. I’d rather you take uip stickball or something, but if screaming about “the gays”–and it’s very interesting to me that you speak of them as “THE gays,” in other words, a people-apart-from-us, since apparently gay people aren’t welcome here (what about The Negroes?)–makes you feel like you’re defending an institution plenty of you haven’t experienced and don’t know the first damn thing about anyway, well, continue finding scapegoats for the world’s problems.