February 19, 2018
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Should questions like the same-sex marriage law be put before voters?

Mainers will likely be given an opportunity to repeal the recently enacted law that allows

same-sex couples to marry in the state. Aside from how you feel about the law, is

legislating by referendum appropriate when it affects a minority of the population? Is it

possible that the “tyranny of the majority” may rule? What if a referendum sought to

double the tax rate on all identical twins, or redheads, or people taller than six-feet,

six-inches? Shouldn’t elected representatives make these decisions? Or does the so-called

people’s veto process serve as a vital check against an elected government that snubs the

wishes of the electorate?

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