Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Congrats to Mainers...

As their state becomes the fifth to approve marriage equality.

Today, the Governor of Maine, John E. Baldacci signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.

“I have followed closely the debate on this issue. I have listened to both sides, as they have presented their arguments during the public hearing and on the floor of the Maine Senate and the House of Representatives. I have read many of the notes and letters sent to my office, and I have weighed my decision carefully,” Governor Baldacci said. “I did not come to this decision lightly or in haste.”...

“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Governor Baldacci said. “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.”

“Article I in the Maine Constitution states that ‘no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person’s civil rights or be discriminated against.’”

What's happening down there? We Canadians aren't going to feel so "special" anymore.

I accord this politician much respect for his ability to let justice take a back seat to ego. He had changed his opinion by opening his mind. It's an example that is hopefully copied by politicians both here and abroad.

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