Saturday, May 2, 2009

Good news for marriage equality advocates  


In Maine, the state Senate, in a 20 to 15 vote, approved a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. However, uncertainty remains whether or not Maine Governor John Baldacci will sign the bill. Polls show that the state is split on the issue, with roughly 47.3% of the population supporting the bill, and 49.5% opposing it.

In New Hampshire
, the state Senate voted 13 to 11 in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The state House will need to approve the bill before it is sent to Governor John Lynch for his approval. In a statement on Wednesday, Governor Lynch said, "I still believe the fundamental issue is about providing the same rights and protections to same-sex couples as are available to heterosexual couples. This was accomplished through the passage of the civil unions law two years ago. To achieve further real progress, the federal government would need to take action to recognize New Hampshire civil unions."

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