Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Maine's Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Marriage Equality Bill

Last week, Maine's Senate Judiciary Committee heard over thirteen hours of public testimony for and against the state's marriage equality bill.

Today they voted to support it, a strong recommendation to the whole senate to vote in favor when it goes to the floor.

From Portland Press Herald:
The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 11-2-1 today in support of a bill to allow gay marriage in Maine.

Eleven members voted in favor of the bill, two voted against it, and one voted to send it to referendum.

The vote was briefly interrupted when a woman began yelling at legislators because she wanted them to reject the bill. Elaine Graham of Farmington was escorted from the Statehouse by Capitol Police, but will not face charges.

The bill will now move forward to the full Senate for consideration.

IMAGE: Staff photo by Joe Phelan
GRAHAM YELLS: Elaine Graham, of Farmington, left, yells in the hallway after being escorted out of a Judiciary Committee work session on the same sex marriage bill Tuesday afternoon at The Statehouse in Augusta. Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham at right, who had been standing beside her in the doorway walked her out of the hearing room.

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