No, that's the easy way out, I won't take it.
The law did not give gays the right to marry gays, as gays could already marry gays of the opposite sex. The law gave everyone the right to marry either sex. The majority of Main decided that they didn't want the right to marry the same sex. Main has the right remove any right from itself it wishes.
Why would heteros want to marry the same-sex?
Last edited by Jerry; 11-05-09 at 11:01 PM.
Last edited by CriticalThought; 11-05-09 at 11:03 PM.
Maine was not the first state to pass gay marriage via legislative vote. NH and VT also did so. I think Maine came after both, but I'm not sure. Maybe b/w VT and NH, but I do think after. I think we had become the sixth state that had legalized gay marriage.
And, age was a factor in the Maine vote. Age, and rural vs city.
As to the citizen's veto, I don't really know when/if it can be brought up that way again. I know the gov can't overturn a ballot initiative by the people. The citizen's veto hasn't been used that often in Maine, I don't really know the ins and outs of it.
I see nothing that says that a people's veto could not be overturned by the state government. It would be suicide for the politicians to do so at this time, but it wouldn't be unconstitutional. In fact, it seems to me that the people's veto isn't really any different than the governor's veto.As to the citizen's veto, I don't really know when/if it can be brought up that way again. I know the gov can't overturn a ballot initiative by the people. The citizen's veto hasn't been used that often in Maine, I don't really know the ins and outs of it.
I tried to google, and got lost in pages of law and constitution and got bored. I imagine it will come up in the news, eventually.
I did find a Press Herald article (local paper) that suggested it could be brought up again in the 2011 legislature. Maybe an election has to pass before it can be brought up again? I really don't know.
Supporters can bring a bill back to the Legislature in 2011 or pursue court action. The timing and method would depend largely on who gets elected governor next year, and whether the Legislature continues to be in Democratic hands.
Fight goes on over marriage | Portland Press Herald