This is starting to look like The Liberal New England blog, but the New York Times reported that the State Senate in Maine, home to the last two moderate Republican senators, has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage. Â
From the story:
“The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 21 to 14 for a bill that would allow gay couples to marry starting later this year. The measure appears to have even broader support in the House of Representatives, which will take it up on Tuesday.
Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, used to oppose same-sex marriage. But since the bill was introduced in January, he has said he is keeping an open mind.
The vote was the latest victory for gay rights groups in New England, which are campaigning to get same-sex marriage approved in all six of the regionâ€™s states by 2012. Massachusetts and Connecticut already allow same-sex marriage, and the Vermont Legislature approved it last month.”
As a former New Englander, I’m heartened to see this region of the country lead the way in establishing equal rights for all. Â As more states adopt laws allowing gay marriage, there is bound to be a federal challenge like the 1967 case Loving vs. Virginia which overturned state bans on interracial marriage.