Maine Politics

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Heads to Full Legislature

The Judiciary Committee split along party lines on friday with 7 votes against the constitutional amendment and 5 in support. The proposal, originally sponsored by Rep. Brian Duprey (R-Homophobia), has been changed to eliminate a ban on civil unions and now conatins only a single sentence: "Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions."

The amendment will now go to the House and Senate where a 2/3rds majority in each body would be required in order to send it to a statewide referendum. The measure will likely be defeated with a mostly party-line vote, just as a similar amendment submitted by Duprey was last year.

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