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Baldacci’s Options

May 6, 2009

The Portland Press Herald has a good story today on yesterday’s House vote.  The paper explains that once the Senate revotes (as a procedural gesture) and sends it to the Governor, he has 10 days to sign, veto, or let it become law without his signature.  I hope that if he really can’t sign the legislation, he’ll at least respect the will of the legislature that took on this bill with great civility and (for the most part) respect.

The Portland Press also describe a scene that I had been trying to find, when Rep. Terry Morrison told the body that he was a gay man–something many in the chamber did not know.

State Rep. Terry Morrison, D-South Portland, said he was a “very proud co-sponsor of this bill,” and also an openly gay man. “As of this point on, I’m an openly gay representative, and darn proud,” he said.

He talked about how his partner of 11 years had committed suicide four years ago. They had a close friendship with a lesbian couple, he said, and had agreed to start a family together.

His voice breaking, Morrison talked about how the two couples had two daughters together, now 10 and 11. He disputed the argument that gay people couldn’t provide a stable family life.

“We created a phenomenal family. That family still exists,” he said. “I’m living proof – we’re all living proof – that we can have a phenomenal family.”

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  1. Debbie permalink
    May 6, 2009 11:20 am

    I have been so moved by the life stories told in the Senate and House of Maine over the last week. My pride in the legislature of my state is great.
    I only hope that the Governor will now step up to the plate and sign this legislation. If he looks at this strictly as a legal issue, how can he not?
    I hope that the opponents will come to see this issue as marriage is legal and weddings are religious. I also take great pride in the civility of this debate (with some exceptions) – it says much about Maine.

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