st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table" /> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table" /> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table" />
Thursday February 02, 2012 | 02:40 PM

Rep. Chellie Pingree made a pitch on the floor of the U.S. House today for Maine voters to make legal same-sex marriages.

Pingree, D-1st District, said that Congress has made progress “on ending discriminatory practices like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it will be up to us in Maine to bring marriage equality to our state.”

Advocates of gay marriage expect to get a same-sex marriage question on the statewide ballot in November after last week submitting more than 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. In 2009, Maine voters overturned a law passed by the Legislature to allow same-sex marriage.

Pingree made her remarks during the period when House lawmakers come to the floor to make one-minute speeches on a topics of their choosing.

“In my state of Maine there are thousands of couples in loving, committed relationships,” Pingree said. “And even though to spend the rest of their lives together, because they are same-sex couples they are denied the right to honor their love and commitment to each other through marriage.

“This fall Maine people will have a chance to change that, and to join a growing list of states around the country that are setting aside discrimination and granting all couples the same right to get married,” she said.

Pingree said in an interview outside the House chambers that she is a longtime supporter of making same-sex marriage legal. In the wake of the signatures being turned in to place the question on the ballot, she decided to reaffirm that support on the House floor, Pingree said.

About this Blog

Subscribe to the
Maine on the Hill RSS

About the Author

Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or kmiller@mainetoday.com

Subscribe to the
Maine on the Hill RSS

Previous entries

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

More

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.