Maine Moves Forward Again

Abby Zimet

The Maine House has approved a bill that would make it the fifth state to recognize gay marriage, and only the second to do so through a legislative act. A state rep describes a movement that feels "inevitable" and a  sense of being "a part of history."


I'm a state rep from Bangor, Maine, and I'm in the chamber of the state
House of Representatives right now as we "debate" LD 1020, Maine's
marriage equality bill, which was passed by the Senate last week.

I'm struck by how overwhelmingly the balance of representatives
today have spoken in favor - on both sides. A Republican representative
known for being a staunch conservative gave an exceptional and moving
floor speech early on this morning in which he said he realized "this
is not about me" and announced his support.

Yes, there's the feeling of being a part of history, and yes,
there's the camaraderie of righteousness that comes from being on the
right side of a pivotal issue - but the mood here very much feels like
this movement is more inevitable than it was even a month ago.

It's a nice feeling.

Steve Butterfield
House district 16, Bangor, Me.

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