New England and Same-Sex Marriage

January 16th, 2009 by

On November 18th of last year, GLAD issued a press release announcing their “Six by Twelve” initiative to have gay marriage legalized in all six New England states by 2012.   According to the Washington Times:

Same-sex marriage is already legal in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a result of court decisions in cases brought by GLAD lawyers. The 2003 Massachusetts decision was the first in the nation, while the Connecticut ruling went into effect Nov. 12.

“We can make New England a marriage-equality zone by strategically combining existing legal, electoral and on-the-ground know-how to fast-track marriage in every New England state,” GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow said.

By 2012, we not only can have marriage equality throughout New England, we can have a road map for the rest of the country,” she said.

[emphasis mine]

In what appears to be the next step in this initiative, Equality Maine held a press conference on January 13th to announce a bill they will be presenting to the state legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage:

At a State House press conference today, EqualityMaine and several coalition partners unveiled a bill that would extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maine.

The bill, titled “An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom,” is sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon (D-Hancock). Damon recently sponsored an amendment to extend to domestic partners the protections currently provided in Maine’s Family Medical Leave law.

Homosexual activists are indeed seeking to change society into something they want to see, and when it comes to gay marriage, they seem to be targeting New England. For more information on same-sex marriage and why it matters see:

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