Maine Politics

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Friday, July 29, 2005

Anti-Discrimination Law On The Ballot

Not that there was any doubt, but now it's official.
On Thursday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that gay-rights opponents had gathered enough signatures to force a vote on the civil rights law passed this year by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Baldacci.

Opponents had to gather at least 50,519 signatures, or the equivalent of 10 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, to force a "people's veto" referendum on Election Day. On Thursday, Dunlap declared that 56,650 signatures collected this spring were valid, paving the way for a vote on Nov. 8.

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We will defeat it this time, and convincingly. In a way, I am glad it made the ballot, because if it was just left to the legislature, there would still be some who said that a majority of the citizens don't agree with it. Well this time, a majority will  stand up for rights for all, and the issue should be put to rest.

Posted by Jon at MCLF

7/29/2005 12:52:00 PM


As a native Mainer who now lives on the West coast, I don't think that Maine will ever join the civilized world and ban discrimination in housing and employment, like all the other New England states, and most other blue states. I left Maine at age 17 and will never return. You can keep your small-minded smugness and ingnorance. I choose to live the rest of my life along the Pacific coast, with free thinkers and true believers in the American dream of equality for all.  

Posted by John in California

7/31/2005 03:55:00 PM



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