Friday, March 7, 2014
Mainers United for Marriage, the lead group in support of same-sex marriage in Maine, released a briefing memo today to fight back against incorrect information being distributed by a splinter opposition group.
In recent weeks, the Portland Daily Sun and the Bangor Daily News have run an op-ed from Erick Bennett, a political strategist who runs the Maine Equal Rights Center. In it, he claims that "same-sex couples have been able to join together in legal matrimony in Maine for eight years with the same rights and benefits of everyone else."
In the Daily Sun, his piece was titled "Same-sex Marriage's Ties to Socialism." The Bangor Daily News has since run a correction to state that the opinion piece should have said that same-sex couples "have not been able to join together in legal matrimony."
David Farmer, spokesman for Mainers United, released a lengthy memo in response to Bennett's column, saying that not only are gay and lesbian couples barred from marrying in Maine, there's also no provision for civil unions.
A story we ran weeks ago explained the differences.
Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United, said in the memo that "in form and function, domestic partnerships do not have the same meaning or protections that come with civil marriage."
"Parents don't dream of the day that their children will enter into a binding legal contract or have their domestic partnership papers filed," he said in the statement. "They dream of the day their children will marry the person they love and begin a life together, with all of the responsibilities and jobs that come with marriage."Tweet
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