Usually, when we slug a headline like that, it means we’re about to tell you about a measure being introduced that would strip gays and lesbians of any chance to be married, wouldn’t cha know? But, the Pine Tree State’s not looking to ban gay marriage, it’s looking to enact it.
“Sen. Dennis Damon said he is introducing a bill to rewrite Maine’s existing statute that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, instead defining it as a union between two people. In addition, it recognizes gay marriages from other states.
Damon, D-Trenton, answered critics who questioned the timing of the bill as lawmakers face a $838 million shortfall by saying it’s “long overdue.”
“Currently there is discrimination. Heterosexual couples who have decided to spend their lives together are treated differently than same-sex couples who have … that same commitment to each other,” Damon said. “I don’t see the fairness of that. I don’t see the need for that, and this bill will put an end to that.”