Gay marriage debate on tap in Maine House

Posted May 04, 2009, at 12:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House is preparing to take up a same-sex marriage bill, and its prospects are good given the number of co-sponsors and momentum from last week’s Senate vote.

The bill, which won a 21-14 vote of approval in the Senate last week, goes to the House on Tuesday. The bill has more than 60 co-sponsors, most of them House members.

Shenna Bellows of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, a leading supporter of the bill, said she’s “cautiously optimistic” about Tuesday’s outcome because of the strong sponsorship.

Marc Mutty of the Catholic Diocese of Portland said he and other opponents haven’t lobbied the House very aggressively, so Tuesday’s vote is a “wild card.” At least one amendment has been prepared for possible consideration Tuesday.