Bill in Portland Maine

I always get a kick out of Bill in Portland Maine’s posts on Daily Kos. Today is no exception. Check out his Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday from the GREAT STATE OF MAINE.

Today he gives a great description of the new marriage bill, “An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.” Whoever named the bill is a genius, he says. and here is what it does:

The issue is civil marriage, not religious marriage ceremonies. Religious institutions are not required to perform civil marriages, and may set their own boundaries for marriage. Some faith leaders will not perform marriages for people who have been divorced, for example, or for people of different religions. Marriage equality does not challenge the autonomy of religious institutions in any way.

Check out his post. It’s serious stuff but great fun to read and very important for the great state of Maine. Here’s his summary paragraph:

Today I’m busting with pride for my state (yes, I own it…it’s mine). We’re not the first ones to legalize same-sex marriage, but good lord willing and the creek don’t rise we’ll be the next to prove that the sky won’t fall, straight marriages won’t crumble, and fundy churches can continue preaching without fear of reality creeping into their pulpits. We have a lot of people on our side, including lots and lots of progressive churches and a legislature with a whole lotta fair-minded Democrats (and, as I understand it, even a few fair-minded Republicans). It just might happen.

Three cheers, Bill! Let’s go for it. It might just happen!

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  1. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey, Joe! Thanks for the Happy Birthday!

  2. Geologyjoe’s avatar

    you are most welcome.
    and thank you for the donation to my ride.
    Ill put you on the blog post thank you list.

  3. Minds Erased’s avatar

    The bill’s author is absolutely right in drawing that line between civil marriage and religious marriage. I’ve certainly attended weddings where a J of the P presided over the ceremony without a single prayer or mention of god. Does that mean they are not any more legit than the weddings held in churches?

    Let’s hope Maine will grow some sense and do the right thing by everyone, not just the straight couples.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, let’s hope Maine will get some sense and do the right thing, good lord willing and the creek don’t rise!! :smile:

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