Maine Governor John Baldacci Signs Neutered Marriage Bill into Law

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The People/Children Ignored Again

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s governor has signed a bill making the state the fifth to allow gay marriage. [source]

Once again, children’s rights/needs are stomped by adults’ selfish wants. The Maine governor and representatives just erased the only social and legal encouragement for children’s rights to a mom and a dad. Sounds like a very wise and fruitful experiment.

What you can do: 

  1. Please be aware of what is going on in your state. Call your representatives—remind them how you feel about marriage.
  2. If you don’t have a marriage amendment, encourage your reps to organize one.
  3. If your state has an amendment, encourage your reps to support the DOMA.

Update: Maine has a “People’s Veto” Option

The law the governor signed today does not go into effect until 90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session. When the session ends, the people can file for a “People’s Veto.” If they get 60,000 signatures before the 90 days are up, the law does not go into effect and the bill goes to a statewide referendum.

Read article here

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11 Comments

  1. Chino Blanco said,

    May 6, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Yeah, bring on the “People’s Veto” … ain’t gonna happen and you know it.

    Maine makes 5.

    Deal.

  2. Frisco said,

    May 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

    What if a child wants to have two parents of the same gender? Is there opinion not valid compared to the child who wants heterosexual parents?

    Likewise, if a law was passed that made child health insurance mandatory funded by tax payer money, wouldn’t the selfish wants of children stop the rights/wants of adults who do not want to pay more taxes?

  3. beetlebabee said,

    May 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Frisco, it’s not a debate. Children deserve the best situation if we can possibly give it. Same-sex parenting cannot by definition give children everything they need. Would you choose that? How could you ask a child to choose it?

  4. rubyeliot said,

    May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    ChinoB,

    That’s what people said about prop 8 and California. We’ll wait and see.

  5. Frisco said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I am a child, and I would love to have two loving homosexual male parents.

  6. meandmia said,

    May 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    actually, studies have shown that children who grow up in homosexual households are not fundamentally different from those raised in heterosexual ones, and in general they are more well-adjusted and open minded than those raised in the latter households. just fyi.
    personally, i’m a teenager and i wouldn’t care if my parents were of the same gender or otherwise as long as they raised me in a home of love and respect.

  7. Troy Rockwood said,

    May 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    meanmia,
    Please post links to the studies that you are refering to.

    Here is what I have found which is quite the opposite of what you claim:

    “Thus far, no work has compared children’s long-term achievement in education, occupation, income and other domains of life.” Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz, “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?” American Sociological Review,” 66 (2001), pp. 159-183.

    “From a sound methodological perspective, the results of these studies can be relied on for one purpose – to indicate that further research…is warranted. The only acceptable conclusion at this point is that the literature on this topic does not constitute a solid body of scientific evidence.” Affidavit of Steven L. Nock, Halpern et al., v. The Attorney General of Canada, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, March 2001, Court File No. 684/00, par. 130-131.

    The authors of an American Sociological Review study above, though personally sympathetic with the idea of the same-sex family, “disagree with those who claim that there are no differences between the children of heterosexual parents and children of lesbigay parents. …”

    “An extensive body of research tells us that children do best when they grow up with both biological parents. … Thus, it is not simply the presence of two parents, as some have assumed, but the presence of two biological parents that seems to support child development.” Kristin Anderson Moore et al., “Marriage From a Child’s Perspective: How Does Family Structure Affect Children, and What Can We Do About It?” Child Trends Research Brief, June 2002, p. 1.

    “Most researchers now agree that together these studies support the notion that, on average, children do best when raised by their two married, biological parents.” Mary Parke, “Are Married Parents Really Better for Children?” Center for Law and Social Policy, May 2003, p. 1.

    “Overall, father love appears to be as heavily implicated as mother love in offsprings’ psychological well-being and health.” Ronald P. Rohner and Robert A. Veneziano, “The Importance of Father Love: History and Contemporary Evidence,” Review of General Psychology 5.4 (2001): 382-405.

    “When young boys have primary caretakers of both sexes, they are less likely as adults to engage in woman-devaluing activities and in self-aggrandizing, cruel or overly competitive male cults.” Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, My Brother’s Keeper: What the Social Sciences Do (and Don’t) Tell Us About Masculinity, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 121. See also Scott Coltrane, “Father-Child Relationships and the Status of Women:A Cross-Cultural Study,” American Journal of Sociology 93 (1988): 1085.

    “We should disavow the notion that ‘mommies can make good daddies,’ just as we should disavow the popular notion of radical feminists that ‘daddies can make good mommies.’ …The two sexes are different to the core, and each is necessary – culturally and biologically – for the optimal development of a human being.” David Popenoe, Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence That Fatherhood and Marriage are Indispensable of the Good of Children and Society, (New York: The Free Press, 1996), p. 197.

  8. a. mcewen said,

    May 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Troy,

    you made an error regarding the Stacey/Biblarz study:

    Sociologists Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz published an analysis in 2001 in the American Sociological Review of 21 studies of children raised by homosexual parents and found that, overall, they were no more likely to suffer from psychological problems than kids raised in conventional homes.

    Ultimately, their findings were generally endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and other mainstream organizations. – Studies: Children of gay parents just like other kids http://www.miamiherald.com/living/family/story/1003889.html

  9. J. Patterson said,

    May 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    C’mon Mainers! Let’s sign the people’s veto and let Baldacci know that we believe in protecting the holy institution of marriage and will not let it be perverted!!

  10. meandmia said,

    May 7, 2009 at 8:51 am

    and j patterson, i believe that the 50% divorce rate has perverted marriage more than gays ever could.


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