Maine gets Marriage

Nun hat also auch der US-Bundesstaat Main die gesetzlichen Voraussetzungen für gleichgeschlechtliche Ehen geschaffen, oder besser, die bisherigen Hürden beseitigt:

The Maine Senate voted 21-13, with one absent, for a bill that authorizes marriage between any two people rather than between one man and one woman, as state law currently allows. The House had passed the bill Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, who hadn’t previously indicated how he would handle the bill, signed it shortly afterward. In the past, he said he opposed gay marriage but supported civil unions, which provide many benefits of marriage.

Debate was brief. Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, turned the gavel over to an openly gay member, Sen. Lawrence Bliss, D-South Portland, to preside over the final vote.

Aber es ist noch nicht alles in trockenen Tüchern. Die Kleingeister wollen wie üblich Schwierigkeiten machen. Einzelheiten beim Box Turtle Bulletin.

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