Maine newspapers come out in support of gay marriage

Maine Gay MarriageSupporters of Maine‘s same-sex marriage law picked up editorial support from two of Maine’s largest newspapers this weekend.

The Maine Sunday Telegram and weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News both urged voters to reject Question 1, which calls for repeal of the gay marriage law that was enacted last May.

Both newspapers condemned the dishonesty and scare tactics of Stand for Marriage Maine.

Says the Bangor Daily News:

The repeal effort has been led by the Roman Catholic Diocese. Bishop Richard Malone called same-sex marriage “a dangerous sociological experiment.” The fact that gay couples have existed for generations — many of them raising children — counters this argument. Worse, however, is the church’s attempt to force its views on all Maine’s residents, whether they are Catholic or not.

The News says in Saturday’s editorial that extending the right of marriage to a small segment of the population that has been excluded furthers Maine’s interest in promoting stable families and communities.

The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram weighed in:

Families led by same-sex partners are here now. They are part of our communities and they need and deserve the legal protections – as well as the dignity – that comes with civil marriage status.

The Telegram says limiting marriage to a man and a woman “would not make families led by same-sex couples go away,” but just keep them in a legally inferior position.

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