Gay Rights Bill Passes Judiciary Committee
From the AP:
A day after an emotional hearing on Gov. John Baldacci´s gay rights bill, a committee´s majority voted Thursday to support the bill when it comes up for House and Senate debate.
Nine members of the Judiciary Committee voted to add protections for gays and lesbians to the Maine Human Rights Act, while only one member voted against it. Three other members are supporting an option to send the bill to voters.
Here are the hearing highlights from yesterday:
Most unlikely speaker: The American Cancer Society representative who spoke about, among other things, how gay people have a higher rate of serious cancers.
Most emotional moment: When my representative, Emily Cain, broke down in tears describing how her teacher was murdered for being gay.
Weakest argument: Rep. Duprey claiming that the bill would give more rights to "white, heterosexual males" who don't need any more.
Name used most often as a synonym for bigotry: Michael Heath.
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