Maine governor: respect marriage vote

Posted Nov. 07, 2009, at 9:18 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s governor says the judgment of voters must be respected following their decision this week on gay marriage and other questions on the ballot.

In his weekly radio address, Gov. John Baldacci says he was proud of Tuesday’s heavy turnout. Baldacci, who supported the gay marriage law that was repealed at the polls, says he knows a lot of people were disappointed with the vote, but Mainers now have a better understanding of the issue.

Baldacci also says Mainers’ rejection of two tax-control questions and one to repeal the school consolidation law show that they understand Maine has reduced its budget to match the economic times while protecting the state’s core values.

In the Republican response, Sen. Walter Gooley of Farmington pays tribute to those who have served in the military as Veteran’s Day approaches.

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