Big win in Maine
After Texas, this win for gay rights in Maine is a pick-me-up. (Maine Today):
Maine voters decided Tuesday to keep the state´s gay rights law on the books, making Maine the last New England state to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
With tallies from 82 percent of the state´s precincts, votes supporting the gay rights law were ahead 55 percent to 45 percent over those seeking to overturn the law that was approved by the Legislature earlier this year.
The vote “reaffirms the basic values that are intrinsic in Maine,” said Gov. John Baldacci, who signed the law earlier this year before it was put on hold by the pending referendum. “Mainers don´t like discrimination … if it happens to one person it happens to all of us.”
Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, calls the outcome “a much-needed victory in our national movement” after a string of losses in other states on gay marriage issues. “We needed to show we can win.”
Paul Madore of the Maine Grassroots Coalition, which wanted to repeal the law, did not immediately return a phone message.