Anti-Gay Group Ordered to Disclose Donor List

June 9, 2010

by Kilian Melloy | EDGE Boston

An anti-gay organization that played major roles both in the reversal of marriage rights for gay and lesbian families in California and the repeal of a marriage equality measure in Maine has lost a court battle to keep its donor list secret.

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Judge: Gay Marriage Repeal Funders Should Turn over Donor Information

May 25, 2010

from Maine Public Broadcasting Network

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich III says the National Organization for Marriage should disclose who donated to the campaign to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law.

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To read Judge Rich’s entire opinion, click here (pdf).

Maine Governor Helps Agency That Lost Money over Gay Marriage

April 9, 2010

by Chris Rose | WCSH6- NBC

Preble Street’s Homeless Voices for Justice program recently lost a major funding source when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland pulled it’s grant money because of Preble’s stance on last November’s gay marriage referendum.

Now the governor has announced he will host a spaghetti dinner next week to raise money for the program.

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Donors Help Preble Street Replace Funds Revoked by Diocese

March 26, 2010

by Tom Bell | Portland Press Herald

Gay activists from around the nation are sending checks to Preble Street to replace funding that the Catholic Church withdrew from the agency’s Homeless Voices for Justice program.

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Time for Equal Rights for Gays is Now

November 5, 2009

Los Angeles Times editorial

If not in Maine, then where? Until the polls closed Tuesday evening, supporters of same-sex marriage appeared to be within grasp of their first voter victory in the nation. New England has been at the forefront of legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The campaign was well run, voter turnout high. Maine residents have a reputation as live-and-let-live sorts, and the polls showed the race as extremely close. Nevertheless, Question 1 — a measure to ban same-sex marriage — won solidly. This suggests that despite the moral right on its side, the fight for equality for gays and lesbians will be more difficult, more complicated and probably will take a good while longer than it should.

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The Day After a Hard Night

November 4, 2009

Déjà vu is welcome when it flashes us back to a welcome or happy memory.  Today déjà vu is not so pleasant.  The loss of marriage rights in Maine is a traumatic reminder of our Prop 8 fight in California.  On election night one year ago, I spent a sleepless night tormented by every thought of what might have made a difference.  My colleagues in Maine spent just such a night.  Same-sex couples in Maine have been dealt a dehumanizing setback. And we are all diminished by this loss.  But after 12 months to ruminate and recover from what happened in California,  I have some insight for them.

One: Yesterday’s  loss, while a  real setback and a crushing disappointment, is only a temporary setback.  We all know the end to this civil rights story–we will win full equality.  But it will
be a path marked with pain and brutalizing defeats.

Two: It is a travesty of every principle that made this nation great that the rights of a minority group can be put up to a popular vote. There are many ignominious moments in the history of this country, moments of shame that were corrected by Courts or by legislative action.  If those great strides, in Women’s rights, in the rights of religious minorities or of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans or American Indians had been put up to popular vote we all know how those votes would have turned out.  The shame would have endured. And the taint on our Democracy would have continued.

Third: And there is no polite way to say this–one cannot claim to be fair-minded and still support measures which deny full equality. You either support full justice and civil rights and equality or you don’t. Period. End of side-stepping and excuses.

For my friends and family who support civil unions or domestic partnerships but do not support the full equality of my 16-year relationship and the security of my two children which rests on that full equality–and yes, that means marriage, right now, in this country–you have to get off that fence.  We are past the moment when you can claim support of me and other LGBT folks you know and love and yet still stand with those who deny us marriage.  To not support marriage equality, right here and right now, means you believe
that same-sex couples are less valid, less equal, and less deserving. Such a position is untenable with any claim that one is

We are in a difficult moment. This is a hard day.  But we can’t lose hope or stop believing in the rightness of our cause.  We have the privilege of living in the midst of our own civil rights movement. The cost of that privilege is the same cost it has been in every movement–our humanity and dignity is attacked and undermined and we stand tall, never give up, and never lose faith.  Today is a test, and we must be the measure of it.

In hope and solidarity,

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Kate Kendell

Stakes Are High in Maine’s Vote on Gay Marriage

November 3, 2009

by David Sharp and David Crary | Associated Press

Bolstered by out-of-state money and volunteers, both sides jockeyed Monday to boost turnout for a Maine referendum that could give gay-rights activists in the U.S. their first victory at the ballot box on the deeply divisive issue of same-sex marriage.

The state’s voters will decide Tuesday whether to repeal a law that would allow gay marriage. The law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci last May but has never taken effect.

The contest is considered too close to call, and both campaigns worked vigorously — with rallies, phone calls, e-mails and ads — to be sure their supporters cast votes in the off-year election.

If voters uphold the law, it will be the first time the electorate in any state has endorsed marital rights for same-sex couples, energizing activists nationwide and deflating a long-standing conservative argument that gay marriage lacks popular support.

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