Maine's Gay Marriage Repeal Viewed Nationally

Thursday, November 05, 2009

On Tuesday, Maine voters headed to the polls and reversed the state legislature's decision to permit gay marriage. Maine is the third state in the country where voters repealed a legislature-granted law allowing same-sex marriage, and the 31st state to ban gay marriage outright. We ask Columbia University law professor Suzanne Goldberg, director of the Gender and Sexuality Law Program, if this repeal is part of a larger national trend. We also speak with Jill Barkley, a resident of Portland, Me., who was planning to marry her partner next summer; and to Andrew McLean, a gay man in Portland, Me., who volunteered with Equality Maine.


Jill Barkley, Suzanne Goldberg and Andrew McLean

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I'm a supporter of gay and lesbian rights. However, I think it is naive to think that the federal courts are likely to require that same sex marriage be recognized, in the absence of legislation or a constitutional amendment. Your guests who compared this situation to the Supreme Court cases mandating racial equality are mixing apples and oranges. In the case of racial equality, Constitutional amendments and legislation were passed after the Civil War that required racial equality. Finally, in the 1950s and 60s, the Supreme Court recognized that post Civil War amendments meant what they said. There have been no similar laws or Constitutional amendments at the federal level that recognize same sex marriage. Proponents are forced to rely on Constitutional provisions like the equal protection clause. It will be difficult indeed to convince the present Supreme Court that the framers of the Constitution in the 1780s envisioned that equal protection encompassed same sex marriage.

Nov. 05 2009 05:41 PM
Ed O

Interesting. The majority of the voters vote to repeal the law yet you only talk to obvious opponents of the repeal. Way to go and way to express your obvious constant nagging slant toward everlasting victimhood. When gays do get the right to marry, who will your victims then be? This show is so bad its beyond laughable. Yesterday's show actually made the insane claim that gay marriage is equal to hetero marriage PLUS (plus!) has extra benefits. That means gay marriage is better than hetero marriage! If that is not insane agenda reporting, I don't know what is. Eleanor meet Bill O'Reilly; Bill O'Reilly meet Eleanor. You are as whacked out as he is.

Nov. 05 2009 09:56 AM
Peter Cascio

Merry ME.

Until the right for same-sex couples to marry is inevitably granted, the term "merry" with an "e" can be the placeholder. Couples can proclaim they are "merried" and the rest of the word can be left to guess which vowel they are using. The public may get so used to the inability to determine the difference between the two, they'll realize there is no difference.

Peter Cascio

Nov. 05 2009 09:45 AM

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