The Maine State House suspended its normal limits on co-sponsors after more than a third of the Maine legislature said they wanted to be listed on Maine’s upcoming marriage bill that would recognize same-sex unions. Yes, you heard it it right– legislators are tripping over themselves to be the first to get gays and lesbians to the aisle. In a weird bit of synchronicity, ’60′ also happens to be the amount (in millions) analysts think gay marriage will boost the Maine economy.
“The author of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine says more than 60 legislators from both parties have signed on as co-sponsors.
Democratic Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton said those lining up in support of his bill include representatives from Maine’s smallest towns and its largest cities.
He said many legislators sought to have their names associated with the bill, prompting leadership to open it up to unlimited sponsorship. Normally, no more than 10 lawmakers can be listed as co-sponsors of a bill.
The bill would make Maine the third state, after Massachusetts and Connecticut, to allow gay marriage. Maine law currently defines marriage as between one man and one woman.”