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  • I wish each and every one of them great joy. I knew this day would come in Maine with time and while I’m not native I’m proud to call myself a Mainer on this soon to be historic day.

    The only downside to any of this is it almost took to the year 2013 to make gay marriage legal.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Kevin. I don’t understand why anyone would deny two loving individuals the legal right to be together.

    • hey-I’m-your-man

      Please go back a REread your bible Kevin.

      • jersey

        Perhaps you should go back and read it. Read about how we are supposed to kill our children, our neighbors. How slaves should be content, how we cannot intermarry with anyone from another country, or town. Read how you cannot follow Jesus if you own anything or love your family. Dont just pick out the parts that make you feel superior and then twist them for your own needs. The Bible spoke out againt prostitution and inhospitality. Three generations of Biblical scholars have said so. Local yocals interpret what they want. My relationship has nothing to do with lust. After 40 years it cant be about lust. When was your last object of lust your partner for 40 years. It is about love. I prayed for you.

      • Anonymous

        Please go back and REread your Constitution, heyman

        • hey-I’m-your-man

          was I talking to you?

          • SSBA Inc

            somebody call the waaambulance. Go be hateful elsewhere… with your bible. you are a contradiction.

          • Anonymous

            ^^^waaaambulance. that’s classic. lmao

          • Anonymous

            Ignore her……..she’s just an agitator.

          • Anonymous

            a citizen. a voter. an independent. your neighbor. a small business owner. a mother. a grandmother.

            and yes, I agitate for the Constitution to provide rights to All Americans. Proud to do so.

            what do you do?

          • Anonymous

            yes, actually.

          • Tyke

            Posting to a public forum is “talking” to everyone participating in that forum.
            .
            If you want a private conversation with one person, this is not the place for it.

          • Anonymous

            do you understand how that freedom of speech thing works, (especially posting here)? I’d say she was right on in advising you to reread the constitution. You could throw jn reading some federalist papers to under stand the MEAT on the bones of the constitution, too .Or a class On the constitution and the philosopphers of the time as well.

        • Anonymous

          Please stop typing the same thing as the poster. You act like a child.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll type whatever, whenever, to whomever I choose.

      • SSBA Inc

        hahahahahahahahahhaaaaaa…. bwahahahahahaahaahahahhaa…. wait… wait……..bwahahahahhaahhahaahaahahahaahaaahahaa…. You have never read the bible.

      • Anonymous

        What makes you think that everyone has a Bible or for that matter believes your interpretation!

      • Anonymous

        I do not think Kevin has ever picked up a Bible.

        • Anonymous

          Why does it matter if someone has read the bible or not? Religion is a personal choice to someone. Marriage is a civil institution. It can be religious if you wish however it is mostly civil. I really do not understand why people are posting all this hate and discontent. Same-Sex Marriage passed get over it there is not a thing anyone can do. I am proudly going to get married on Monday LEGALLY and guess what there is not a thing anyone can do. words are only words thats all they do. they may hurt at times but Maine has come along way and most people of minorities have thicker skin than any hater or bigot would ever have from years of listening to all your hateful speech. That being said this is a very happy day for Maine I am finally proud to call myself a Mainer!

        • Anonymous

          here are some study notes

          “Judge not, that ye be not judged…

          ….For clarity, let’s use the word “discern” for the judgment that God encourages. By context, try to identify whether the word judgment, when used in Scripture, means discernment or criticism.”

          In other words, God asks us to discern; but He asks us to leave the judgement to him. Further, the Bible tells us we can identify false prophets by their self righteousness.

          Matthew:

          Mat 7:1-2 (Phi) “Don’t criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”

          Mat 7:3-5 (Jer) “Why do you observe the splinter in you brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.”

          not4us, you have much re-reading to do.

          • I just recently started going to church–Baptist–for the first time in my life..before that I was Agnostic and even wondered if there was a God so lets leave the Bible alone. I is not natural to be attracted to, and want to have sex with the same gender..My problem is I Love women too much :) I LOOOOVE them. Get me in a lot of trouble though….Homosexuality I DON’T GET IT..

          • Guest

            It is human nature to hate what we don’t understand.
            That is the problem.

          • Anonymous

            you don’t have to “get it” to realize that it’s within their rights to marry.

          • Anonymous

            You misunderstand then– no one is telling you that you need to gay marry anyone! You are free to be attracted to women if you want. You don’t even have to understand homosexuality!

            We should allow others to live their lives as they want to, as well. Same-sex marriage harms no one, and helps families better protect the lives they build together.

            Today is a happy day, indeed!

        • hey-I’m-your-man

          then you don’t know Kevin

      • Anonymous

        Please keep in mind that for MANY people, the bible is irrelevant.

      • Anonymous

        Hmm…. the bible. And you spout such hate. Speaks volumes.

      • Tedlick Badkey

        Your buybull ain’t civil law.

      • Anonymous

        Nowhere does the bible speak against same-sex marriage. In fact, there are many passages celebrating the institution of marriage, and those benefits apply to same-sex couples just as much.

        God condemns rape and victimization, not love.

      • Anonymous

        Not everyone reads of believes in the Bible. It is a freedom that we are allowed in this country.

      • I wish you would take your own advice.

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck to the Newlywed Couples.

  • Donella

    This is what I love about Maine, they don’t bury their heads in the sand. Congratulations both of you. I was born and raised in Maine and am now in Wisconsin with my husband. Thank you Maine for being so progressive.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to every couple. It’s a great day in Maine.

  • Gizzy N

    Congratulations to all of the happy couples! And congratulations to the state of Maine on being one of the leaders and role models for marriage equality!

    • Anonymous

      Dirigo—- I lead…

      • Tedlick Badkey

        Yes… yes we do!

    • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

      Maine is not the role models of gay marriage in fact, Maine is leading role model of idiots and lowest grade point average. Congrats on proving how stupid Maine is.

      • Anonymous

        And the last pictures paints that fact

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to all these couples… & may you be happy.

  • Isaac

    Enough is enough this isn’t news. The BDN can’t just be content that it won they have to revel and stick the knife in the wound.

    • Jack Torrence

      like i said…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7hJowNX5w

      they just can’t let it go. gay isn’t news

      • Anonymous

        Only a hundred and fifty years ago, women in this country could not vote, could not own property, were considered property.

        Our great country has watched minority groups gain equal rights, it is part of our culture, part of our history.

        Those couples are making history: its news.

    • Better AndBetter

      Just like the bigots in 2009.

      • jersey

        Please do not stoop to their level. it only feed their anger. Pray for them, They are sad. Why would any happy, content person get on a computer and post nasty things? These are not happy, content people. Feel sorry for them but don’t give in to them.

    • seththayer

      this actually is news. But, if you think it is not news, why read the article and why comment? Why waste your time on it at all?

    • Anonymous

      It’s really incredibly sad that you let your bigotry and hate for this cause you to throw your poison over a happy occasion. I pity you that you have that welling inside of you.

    • Anonymous

      Sure this is news! This is the first day in which same-sex couples are allowed access to civil marriage in a state where the people extended it via popular vote!

      Even in your opposition to gay rights you should admit this is a newsworthy occasion.

  • Jack Torrence

    “equal” meaning opening the town office at 12am to get married? it wasn’t open for straight people ever at 12?

    • SemiRetired

      Straight people do not need to have any special rights bestowed on them. Special rights are for those “people” that are different from straight people or white men.

    • jersey

      Yes it was. Anyone could get married last night. I am sure the extra hours were for the town as they probably wanted to have regular hours without hundreds of people. This would have stopped the regular daily crowds. Then you would have complained about that.

      • Anonymous

        The naysayers keep ignoring your FACTS.

        • JWR

          What facts are those, do tell !?
          The fact that hiding behind so called equal rights lends any legitimacy to homosexuality ?
          Those facts, I agree on.

          • Anonymous

            Your hate is appalling. Is this “equal rights” the new attack on fellow human beings. Sad.

          • Not hate Roxi…called common sense

          • Anonymous

            Says who?

          • Anonymous

            It’s really incredibly sad that you let your bigotry and hate for this
            cause you to throw your poison over a happy occasion. I pity you that
            you have that welling inside of you.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, look, it’s the typical anti-gay LIE that “this isn’t about equal rights.” What a cow pie! Science has proven sexual orientation is inborn and unchangeable. Several US federal and several US State High Courts have held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is similarly unconstitutional as discrimination based on race. That’s where the similarity ends, but it means it’s just as UNCONSTITUTIONAL and WRONG to try to HURT LGBT Americans with these dirty anti-gay Hate Votes as Jim Crow laws were.

    • Anonymous

      it wasn’t closed to you for 200+ years, either was it?

      • Anonymous

        Special treatment. All along the fight the mantra was “equal, not special”. Now we are having special “hours”, camouflaged with “anyone can get a license during these “special” hours. Clearly intellectual dishonesty.

        • JWR

          You haven’t seen anything yet. The marriage was just to get a foot in the door, besides the personal financial reasons of inheritance, tax liabilities. property etc. Your talking about a Gay lobby with millions upon millions of dollars at their disposal.

          Where do you think homosexuality is headed next ?
          The con of equal rights is working.

          • Jack Torrence

            the gay agenda

          • Anonymous

            the equal rights, Constitutional agenda.

          • Melora

            Slavery was once legal here too but never ever made it right or moral. Gay marriage is the same. It is wrong and always will be wrong. The only reason it made it this far in Maine is the millions of dollars coming from out of state.

          • Anonymous

            Uhhh, that and the fact that most people voted in favor of it.

          • Anonymous

            you’ve got the right argument, you’re just on the wrong side of it.

            equality was never meant to be a popularity contest, or left to the people to decide. the Constitution only sees one ‘right’, one ‘wrong’ and that is: equal protection under the law.

            black, white, gay, or straight. it’s just one more step towards full equality for all Americans.

          • Anonymous

            How ironic that you use slavery’s legalization as an excuse to oppose civil marriage equality.

            You do realize that the same arguments against gay marriage were used by the South to justify their continued exploitation enslaved people? That they used the Bible to support their inhuman treatment of others?

          • Anonymous

            example please. Are you really placing the gay marriage issue on the same level as slavery?

          • Anonymous

            No, that was Melora who did that.

          • Are interracial marriages “moral”? It took a century post-emancipation to strike down miscegenation laws, because even though many abhorred slavery here in the north, there was still deep seated racism and backward views. Women were denied the right to vote less than a century ago. We are progressing, not regressing.

            Gay marriage opponents will one day be looked at as any others in past anti-civil rights movements will be – on the wrong side of history.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry Melora, no one is going to force you to marry your sister. Really.

          • Anonymous

            which is???

          • Anonymous

            No argument about that here, just pointing out a lie that has been told to back up the gay marriage side.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            Your fear is funny. Tell us what is coming next, please.

          • Anonymous

            here we go the old “fear” mentality

          • Tedlick Badkey

            Why else would folks freak out so bad over something that doesn’t affect them in any?

          • Anonymous

            well if it doesn’t affect any, then move one with it already. We could start calling this the Bangor Daily Gay News.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            It’s a historic day, as it was a historic vote.

            It’ll become part of the norm now that it’s over… nothing to freak out about.

          • Dr. Cowboy

            Ya…about as historical as the last vote. Since then the state flooded with out of state gay folks to make the laws for Residents.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for finally admitting that it was never about equality but rather all about making people believe that something abnormal is really normal.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            No one is making you believe anything you wish not to. No one can do that.
            You can believe whatever you wish, and remain of the mindset of your kin in the KKK.

          • Carry

            It wasn’t historic the last four times it was voted down??

          • Tedlick Badkey

            The only time it was voted down is indeed part of history.

            And it hadn’t been voted down 4 times. The one time it was was no different than all the other times bigots and fear mongers voted it down elsewhere.

          • Anonymous

            where do you think homosexuals are headed next? serious question.

          • JWR

            The divorce court. Now that one would merit even a tub of pop corn along with the Saturday morning read.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll give you ten cents if you can tell me which word you can’t spell.

          • Anonymous

            This habit anti-gays have of wishing harm upon loving, committed same gender Mainer couples is one of the biggest reasons anti-gays LOST in November. Please continue destroying the anti-gay agenda, it isn’t quite dead yet.

          • Dr. Cowboy

            Just because many don’t agree with Gay marriage doesn’t mean they hate gays.

          • Anonymous

            I agree, more entertainment to follow.

          • Anonymous

            get a big tub o’ popcorn, ill join ya in your read!

          • Anonymous

            Well given that the divorce rate for straight and Christian marriages hovers around 30-40% depending on which poll you look at, that’s not surprising at all. If it weren’t for health benefits and inheritance, I don’t see why anyone would bother getting married.

          • Carry

            They will probably get their own divorce court funded by the rest of us so they feel like they are judged fairly amongst the gay community…

          • Pav

            Hopefully to happily ever after!!

          • Anonymous

            absolutely!

          • Carry

            The like-tards are out in full force… This comment got 6 likes for saying absolutely.. Goes to show that the agenda here is obvious but will never biologically be understood nor promote reproductivity…

          • Anonymous

            Let me pose this question to you-New Jersey has no laws against incest for those 18+. Maine has a 20 year imprisonment. Would you support equal rights for those individuals here in Maine? Let’s have a serious answer.

          • notateapartier

            It is legal in 27 states, including Maine and New Jersey for first cousins to marry.

          • Anonymous

            Only 1st cousins and in only 27 states? Are you saying that’s discriminatory or not?

          • Anonymous

            when a first cousin who wants to marry is prevented from getting a license, then sues for discrimination, we’ll find out. Until then, the law is the law.

            that’s how the system works.

          • Anonymous

            I figured you would avoid answering the original question.

          • Anonymous

            you ask your question as if my opinion matters. it doesn’t…

            that’s what you don’t understand, it’s about the Constitution, not about what you or I think other people should be doing.

          • Dr. Cowboy

            Then why bother commenting at all?

          • notateapartier

            I’m not saying that this is discriminatory or not. Simply pointing out that not all incest is illega lin Maine. Marriage (and other intimate relationships) between blood relatives is not legal more because of the genetic abnormalities that can occur when two family members reproduce, than because of any moral compunctions.

          • Dr. Cowboy

            I think you better go back and read your law books. It is not legal in Maine nor New Jersey!

          • Anonymous

            if you want a serious answer, pose a serious ( and related) question.

          • Anonymous

            its not a serious question because you don’t like it or what? Think about it because its coming

          • Anonymous

            Good heavens, what the heck kind of comparison is that! Incest has absolutely nothing to do with loving people enjoying equality in their civil rights.

          • Anonymous

            Really! Two consenting adults that love each other. Isnt that the mantra

          • Carry

            Actually at least the two first cousins, sisters and brothers, know how biology works and not to mention from a biological standpoint isn’t irregular and still promotes the proper foundation of reproductivity, where as a homosexual does not… There’s a fundamental biological answer to your question as to why if homosexuality is legal, why isn’t incest

          • Anonymous

            yup same thing, in my eyes. both have mental issues!

          • Anonymous

            your house?

          • Anonymous

            sweet

          • Dr. Cowboy

            You just don’t get it. It’s not about the marriage it’s about how it was all done. I suspect the gay population will now move back to their native states now that they’ve made law for Maine. Which State is next?

          • Anonymous

            Yes, yes… it’s going to be terrible, next thing you know gays and lesbians will think they are AMERICANS, eligible for ALL of our Constitutional rights!

            What the “gay agenda” looks like, for those unaware:

            http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html

          • David

            What exactly do you think is going to happen?

            I feel bad for everyone who has to deal with you on a day to day basis.

          • Anonymous

            Gee willikers, where do YOU think it’s headed next? Enlighten us.

        • Anonymous

          were straight couples turned away?

          if so, I agree with you. if not, then you’re making a big deal out of nothing. whining over nothing…

        • Anonymous

          You lost the vote. Time to evolve.

          • JWR

            $25 million + buys an awful lot in Maine. As far away as Hollywood came calling. Your Gay marriage has about as much legitimacy as Saddam Husein had.

          • David

            So because outside money was spent it invalidates the peoples vote?

            So that must mean all the people influenced to vote against the equality legislation by the “Tax-exempt churches”, well all those votes must be equally pointless as well, and lets not forget the millions spent by out-of-staters in opposition as well.

            Suffice to say you are full of hot air and a disgrace to America.

          • Anonymous

            $25 million?? proof??

          • Anonymous

            Lordy, lordy! Don’t use the word “evolve” – that’ll really bring ’em out of the woods!

          • Anonymous

            Geee YOU lost the vote at least 4 times shouldn’t you evolved. Oh wait you are the more evolved Right?

          • Anonymous

            Most of those cretins don’t believe in evolution.

        • Anonymous

          So other than the hours of operation today, you are fully supportive of same-sex marriage?

          • Anonymous

            My honest opinion is that Government should NOT be involved in the marriage business at all. Civil contracts are in order between couples for all the legal issues. Other than that Government should not be involved. Why give the Government more power over ones life? Does not the Government have too much control over ones life already? My argument is against Government, and its overreaching intrusion into our lives.

        • David

          Historic event.
          Do you think they were happy to have to be there from 6-8 am just to get a marriage license?
          Don’t
          you think they would like to have gone in on a regular day get their
          license and be allowed to go and have a nice ceremony somewhere else.
          The special opening was for the media to take photos because it would
          impede business on a regularly scheduled day.

          • Anonymous

            15 couples. Wow. Did you read anything I wrote? Or, as with zealots, if I’m not for it, I’m in the way?

          • David

            I read, I’m just saying this was governments choice for today and all the gay people present would likely rather have just gone in on a normal day.

          • Anonymous

            and most of them will… some wanted to celebrate this historic day …

        • Anonymous

          So, the office is opened at a different time for once in two hundred+ years, and you think that is special treatment.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t be silly!

      • Anonymous

        didn’t need to be either , did it?

        • Anonymous

          and it doesn’t need to be for anyone else anymore, either, does it?

          problem solved.

    • seththayer

      If you read the article, it says that anyone could get married last night. Why not give this historic occasion it’s due…..today is my wedding day and I am happy as could be. Sorry you need to be a gritcher about the whole thing…

      • Anonymous

        Sincere congratulations on your special day.

      • Anonymous

        As a straight white man,I couldn’t be happier for you.I know you and many others have fought the good fight.Much joy to you and yours and to all who seek fairness!

      • Anonymous

        Congratulations to both of you. I’m so happy for you!

      • Jack Torrence

        yeah but just for the sake of argument…why wasn/t it open BEFORE at 12am for straight people to get married?

        • seththayer

          Time to stop grichin and move on Jack. For the sake of argument, it was open for all people to marry last night

        • Anonymous

          why? because straight couples had from 9-5 to get married for over 200+ years.

          no one was turned away last night. you’re crying over something that didn’t happen. YOU were not discriminated against.

        • Anonymous

          LOL, it WAS open before 12am for straight people to get married!

          We called that “Friday”.

        • sail with this

          because thy are crooked!!!! good an answer as any…. gay, straight, crooked… all new words

      • Anonymous

        It’s your wedding day and you are spending it on the computer? How romantic.

        • Anonymous

          for the sake of argument it would not have been.

      • Pav

        Congratulations, may your marriage be a long happy one..

    • SSBA Inc

      You know what? Openly gay guys are more men then most straight will ever be. Imagine through every step of life from family, friends, strangers and government being met with adversity or the fear of and still having the sac to say give me my rights.

      That is the definition of an American. Enjoy your freedom men.

      • sail with this

        if you call having a rag piece of paper from the government, saying “your now married” you haven”t come a long way baby… it”s 2013 (soon) you don’t need the government”s permission to be married….NO more than non homosexuals!!!

        • Anonymous

          You do need the government’s ‘rag piece of paper’ to have access to the benefits and privileges our government extends based on marital status— 1,100+ such laws at the federal level alone!

          • Anonymous

            If the government were out of marriage all those benefits and 1100+ laws would be gone. Less government intrusion in our lives. I don’t believe that being married is any reason to get extra benefits. I do believe in less government intrusion.

            Marriage should be a non-issue since no one would need permission from the government to marry and no one would be getting extra benefits to which singles are not entitled.

          • Anonymous

            You can really be so ignorant, can you? We’re talking about the right to be involved in end-of-life decisions, parental rights, rights to inherit, etc.

          • Anonymous

            It is not I who is ignorant; you are speaking of yourself. If you get rid marriage, we will be rid of laws that prevent people from choosing who gets to have rights simply based upon marriage. Think of those married folk who do not want their spouse making a decision or getting anything and the money spent on attorneys to get their choices done despite the laws. Think of those who want to leave their estate to someone who is not family only to realize that the taxes on a person who is not immediate family (child or parent) get stuck paying on an estate built with money upon which the taxes were already paid. Give me a break. Think instead of name-calling for a change.

          • Anonymous

            Marriage is just a contract like any other. Attributing privileges and rights to that contract is no different then articulating those rights individually. Lots of people still choose to get married and it has meaning, legally, no matter how much YOU cry that its meaningless. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

          • Anonymous

            No, it is not a contract like others. It is a privileged contract granting monetary advantage over other citizens who are just as deserving of the benefits. If people choose to marry do it outside of the reign of the government. There is no legal reason for there to be so many laws and benefits tied to a government intrusion into the lives of its citizens. Sounds to me like you love your perks and just would not give them up regardless of the real reasons for them.

          • Anonymous

            Guardianship, wills, POA, advance directives and so on… are available ……Why Marry??????

          • Anonymous

            and fewer benefits for you , too by the way.

          • sail with this

            SO ….the truth comes out, it”s more about bennies than LOVE, as you gays have been hollering about, “QUOTE” we meaning gay people, should be able to love whomever we want.. and I am not against gay people just the BS rhetoric

          • sail with this

            hide behind your DOWN check mark, you don”t have the balls to respond to the question, because there isn”t any appropriate answer

          • Anonymous

            You aren’t making any sense. What question?

        • Anonymous

          “you don’t need the government”s permission to be married.”

          *********************

          what do you mean? the government is who gives out marriage licenses.

          • sail with this

            the govt has nothing to do with the “sanctity” of marriage, don”t tell me I have to spell that out for you..
            ?

          • Anonymous

            government issues the marriage license.

            sanctity is up to the people getting the license.

      • Not my definition of an AMERICAN..

        • Anonymous

          Thankfully, you aren’t the definition police.

        • Anonymous

          Larry, what is your definition of an American?

          • Check my profile out on FB. I am an American..I do believe in GOD. I am not perfect by any means..I Have Alcohol/ addictions, mainly with women :)..I have a gay friend..Every guy should have one to keep him in style..I was married to the same woman for 24 years and had 3 beautiful children with her. One deceased “RIP little Larry” I worked for the Federal Government for 22 years and paid TAXES dearly..I don’t understand why a man can have sex, love, etc….I Am an American. Sorry just how I feel.

          • Anonymous

            being American has *nothing* to do with sexual orientation. no offense, Larry, and I thank you for your honesty, but it sounds like SSBA inc has his life together. You, maybe not so much SSBA is willing to “live and let live”. Why can’t you do that for him?

            Trust me: he is a American. a gay American.

    • Better AndBetter

      It was this morning.

    • Superuser23

      Well, wasn’t that the whole point of this, equality? Yeah for them not the straight folks. Don’t forget the live blogging event and the multitude of journalists getting a high off from this too.

      • David

        Historic event.
        Do you think they were happy to have to be there from 6-8 am just to get a marriage license?
        Don’t you think they would like to have gone in on a regular day get their license and be allowed to go and have a nice ceremony somewhere else. The special opening was for the media to take photos because it would impede business on a regularly scheduled day.

    • Anonymous

      Hate a little more Jack. It looks good on you.

    • Anonymous

      My son married last year. I see a descrimination issue here. Neither he nor his bride (a female) were followed to the city hall when they got their license, their first kiss wasn’t on the front page, their I love you’s were not publicized. Enough already, may this “blessed” day be forgotten now???

      • Guest

        My sons marriage was in the paper. I paid for the announcement, it wasn’t of the historical nature these marriages are.
        Big deal they opened for the first few couples to marry on a historical day.

      • Anonymous

        first of all, I doubt you understand what discrimination is if you can’t even spell it.

      • Anonymous

        Jealousy will get you nowhere. Why can’t you be happy for others?

      • Anonymous

        Sad when one cannot understand that history was made last night. If you don’t like the photos then don’t read the newspaper. Give it a rest.

      • Anonymous

        jealous that your son isn’t that special, except to you ? Being special to you should be enough.

        • Anonymous

          Now that certainly makes alot of sense.

    • Scott Harriman

      It was open for all couples at 12am.

    • notateapartier

      Yes, Jack. The fact that a few cities in Maine had their town hall open at an unusual time in order to accomodate the couples that would like to be married before the end of the year is an affront to the sensibilities of every straight couple. Or maybe not. (BTW, it was also open for straight people at 12 am.)

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t get a marriage license at odd hours from the local town office. Remember when the argument was “equal rights, not special rights.”? Sure sounds special when the town/city office is open at midnight for the sole purpose of issuing marriage licenses. Good luck to all.

    • Anonymous

      The offices knew they were likely to be flooded with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of couples wanting marriage licenses. When has that ever happened before? They naturally adjusted their hours to serve the public.

      • Anonymous

        well, that did not happen. This was a bunch of hype. The BDN looks silly for blogging about this.

        • Better AndBetter

          No… You look silly for being upset about this.

        • Anonymous

          Why so grinchy? So many couples are thrilled and excited today!

      • Anonymous

        Actually the story in the BDN said that very few appointments were made. Bidderford had three at last count.

    • Anonymous

      If you had gone last night, you would not have been turned away.
      therefore, equality.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I would be turned away.

        • Better AndBetter

          Your proof?

          • Anonymous

            Already married.

          • Anonymous

            Then what’s your complaint? If you wouldn’t be turned away what’s the beef?

          • Anonymous

            Go back to my original post. My complaint are the lies that are used to push and agenda.

          • Anonymous

            And you position on the laws NOM put out as fact is? What is your position on NOM breaking Maine law and continuing to violate Maine law?

          • Anonymous

            2 wrongs don’t make a right.

        • Anonymous

          If my aunt and b@lls, she’d be my uncle.

          you didn’t go, so you don’t know.

          • Anonymous

            Good logic you use to back up your point.

    • Anonymous

      blah blah blah blah blah.

      • Anonymous

        Very insightful.

        • Anonymous

          No you’re not.

        • Anonymous

          Made more sense than your post did. In fact, I thought PF was just quoting you.

          • Anonymous

            No one is debating me, just calling me names….Very adult and responsible of both of you. Tools.

    • seththayer

      After waiting almost 14 years for the right to marry my partner, I am all about those special rights!! Yeah baby, bring on the day!! Marrying today at 11am!

  • Anonymous

    Uninteresting

    • seththayer

      But interesting enough for you to comment on the story??

    • Anonymous

      Then why did you read AND comment–or should I say, “whine”?

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t you posted that before? It seems you were interested enough to come back multiple times to this article. Oh, maybe you used a different sock puppet to post this same one word earlier, huh?

  • hey-I’m-your-man

    I wonder why a story was not printed about my wife and I when we got married – I to finally felt equal – A sad day when things like this need to be printed in a newspaper.

    • jersey

      You didnt put out an announcement?

      • hey-I’m-your-man

        No, was I suppose to. I just thought the BDN was going to do a story on my wife and I because we now feel equal to the rest of society.

    • Anonymous

      were you prohibited by law to marry for 200+ years? did the people of Maine have to go the polls twice to provide you and your wife with that right?

      No?

    • seththayer

      I will comment again…if you don’t think this is news and not worthy of your time, why read the article and comment? Why not just move onto the articles that interest you?

      • hey-I’m-your-man

        Then why did you bother to read / resond to my comment. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

        • seththayer

          that doesn’t make any sense at all. I bother to read your comment because this is an article and comment section that interests me.

        • Anonymous

          write one up and we’ll all work together to get the BDN to publish it. Be sure to include photos.

        • Anonymous

          BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

      • Tedlick Badkey

        They like to whine, wail, and gnash teeth.

        It’s what they do.

        • Anonymous

          I think, they blow fire out their noses too!

    • Anonymous

      Probably because your marriage wasn’t illegal for years beforehand. It is kinda like the Wright Brothers and their first flight – newsworthy back then, common place now.

      Make sense now?

      -J

      • JWR

        The other theory is the possibility that homosexuality is only consider normal among those who practice it and support it.
        Yeah, I’ve heard the hype, “we where born gay” (OK)

        • Joseph

          “…among those who practice it and support it.”
          You mean the sane people? Yes you would be correct.

        • Anonymous

          Well, not so much hype. The vast majority of homosexuals contend that their sexual preference is ingrained. Having never made a choice on my own heterosexuality, I’m inclined to believe that preference is not a choice.

          It would also seem that the scientific community that studies such human interactions is also inclined to view homosexuality as part of a normal subset of human interactions.

          No so much hype as it is consensus amongst those not burdened by superstition.

          -J

    • Anonymous

      I think your time would be better spent taking a course in English grammar and sentence structure. You really should learn the proper use of objective pronouns, as well as the difference between “to” and “too”.

    • Anonymous

      The Eastport Quoddy tides has stories in it every two weeks about STRAIGHT people getting married. Its about time Same sex couples can get in the paper for being married!

      • Anonymous

        Looking forwahd to the day when Eastpoht Quaddy Tides writes up about lobsterman Beal marrying lobsterman Alley. Ayuh!

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Because you didn’t wait til this morning.

    • Anonymous

      “A sad day when things like this need to be printed in a newspaper.”

      You may not agree with Maine allowing civil marriage for same-sex couples, but surely you can acknowledge that the first day that same-sex couples can marry in a state that allowed it via popular vote is newsworthy.

      Newspapers are supposed to report on the news, and this event is surely newsworthy!

    • Anonymous

      Hmm. You really have to wonder? I know that you are really not that stupid. Maybe just mean? BTW, my marriage to my wife 20 years ago WAS printed in the paper – and I didn’t have to pay for the privilege. Nor did I have to ask my neighbors if it was ok to get married.. which is what’s happened here. Even in the celebration of this one move towards justice and equality we shouldn’t forget that we left it up to a popular vote, as opposed to a basic human right, that consenting adults may enjoy equal protection under LAW! Even with our great Constitution and concepts of justice ingrained in our society, we still love to discriminate. Doesn’t speak well of the human condition.. not well at all.

  • Anonymous

    If being gay was a natural way of living then there wouldn’t have to be SPECIAL rights provided. If being gay was a natural form of life then why would this issue have to be politicized in order to further the agenda? Nor would there be such an article printed in the paper because it wouldn’t be a big deal. But because it is a perversion that’s where the so called news worthiness comes in . No other animal on this planet is gay or has sex with it’s same sex, nor do they have same sex partners in any manner, shape or form. Why you ask? Because animals are instinctual. An animals sex life isn’t based on lust or perversion. And if love is the only issue, then all males would be homosexuals because they may love their father, their brother, their best friend, etc. And the same would go for females. Love, the single word love has many definitions, not as far as any dictionary is concerned, but just by definition in life in general

  • Anonymous

    jack, turn the light on in the closet…its’ dark in there.

  • Anonymous

    They said quote “we want no special rights”. Why couldn’t they wait until Mon.? No, they had to have the town offices opened at midnight. That isn’t a special right? Folks had to come out to work at midnight and of course they got paid time and half for folks who didn’t want any special rights.

    • seththayer

      that’s your gritch today?? If you read the article you will find out that anyone could have married last night in Portland. City Hall decided to open at midnight for this historic day…get over yourself and move on please.
      My town office opens at 9am today and we will be there to get our license to marry later in the day. People are happy!! You should let your grinch heart grow a few sizes…come on give it a try!

      • Better AndBetter

        Congrats Seth!!!

      • Anonymous

        It’s not my “grinch heart” it’s my grinch pocketbook.

        It was a good question, why not wait till Monday? I don’t remember Maine town offices opening at midnight when Loving v Virginia overturned segregated marriage?

        …and you say that Anyone can get married when the town hall is open? I wonder if I can register my car during this “special hours” session?

        • Anonymous

          Maine allowed interracial marriage long before the Loving v. Virginia decision in 1967

          • Anonymous

            Ahh but the argument to which I was responding said the town halls were open because it was a historically significant day. Because this was a Supreme Court ruling Loving applied to ALL States no matter their previous policy concerning interracial marriage.

          • Anonymous

            Ahh but it is a historically significant day.

        • Tedlick Badkey

          What did this take from your pocketbook?

          • Anonymous

            Are you really interested? Or is this just another cheap shot. Remember we’ve had this discussion before.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            I am… I don’t see anything that comes from your pocketbook.

          • Joseph

            Tux – I thought your prejudice was so evolved that you were unafraid of cheap shots to your ignorance of equality. Glad you made it to the discussion.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            I wouldn’t describe his as “hate”… that’s a much over used word.

          • Joseph

            I follow his posts. He has a lot of hate, even if it is a over used word. What you say rings true.

          • Guest

            You’re extremely biased and it shows all over the place.
            What’s wrong with what happened, nothing. How much does it cost for people’s happiness…. priceless.
            Your purse is fine you aren’t broke because of ssm or will be.

          • Anonymous

            Nothing but the city paid workers which the city took out of your taxes

          • Tedlick Badkey

            Lie. If no overtime was paid or comp-time given, there is no cost to me (save for the negligible cost of facilities).
            I’d be more than happy to pay for such things than grants to “faith based” organizations.

        • Anonymous

          Sure you could register your car when they are open, if you wanted to.

    • Anonymous

      Why couldn’t the Governor waited two more days to certify the election then?

    • Anonymous

      …because the town offices were open today for them? I see this as town offices voicing their support for this new law, I did not see any organized petition to towns to open especially for this.

      You are confusing a special occasion with special rights, they are two different concepts.

    • Anonymous

      While I can’t locate it right now, other articles reported the City employees DONATED their time. Can you DOCUMENT the city employees were paid at all, let alone time and a half? And I’ve documented that mixed-sex couples were welcome as well.

  • Anonymous

    If I were a person who campaigned for yes on one on the basis of equal rights for all Mainers I would be embarrassed that towns and cities opened up at midnight for this occasion. And before you call me a bigot, I proudly voted yes on one.

    • Anonymous

      If you read the article it says that the discrimination gone on for far too long, they wanted to accommodate those who have been discriminated against as soon as possible.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t disagree about the discrimination however I stand by my statement about being embarrassed how this Saturday thing went down. We’ll just have to agree to disagree

        • Anonymous

          That’s fine, but having discriminatory laws on the books is more embarrassing to me. I also find it interesting that we’re fine with those discriminatory laws, letting gays pay more in taxes, unfairly hindering them, etc. and yet we’ll complain about what happened early today at midnight.

    • Anonymous

      No one forced these towns to open on Saturday, they chose to do so. My town wasn’t open, I won’t be able to marry until 2013.. but I’m not complaining, I’m celebrating those who were able to wed today— best wishes to them!

  • Carry

    You keep saying equal rights?? That if anyone went to there town office we’d have been granted the right to be married, my question to you is this…. Most town offices aren’t open at regular times for towns people and close early on Fridays?? Why in the world would I believe for a sesond they would be open at midnight for anything??????? You say I could’ve got married, what if I wanted to license my dog or register my car, get a building permit etc?? I have zero interest in any sort of a marriage, therefore unless the town office is regularly open at 12am regularly this is Special rights for those choosing to get married

    • SSBA Inc

      waaaaaaaaah

      • Carry

        That’s what I thought, as long as it curtails to the gay rights activist community, the rest of us who don’t want or feel the need to cling to someone else for benefits… WE DON’T MATTER… Special rights is always what this was about and this goes to show it… By the way your welcome, the rest of us have to pay for special town meetings out of our pockets… Another free one for the special right entitlement campaigners

        • Anonymous

          Astoundingly childish position. Where were your objections when SSM walked up to a courthouse during normal working hours and told no?

          -J

          • Carry

            I was right here, and to answer your question when I was married years ago I had to make an appointment with the magistrate, complete with time and date… If I want a special town meeting to build a house I have to pay for it out of my pocket, did these people have to pay or advertise in the paper to hold a special town hall opening????? Childish why because its factual?? You demand to be married and married now and can’t wait or schedule appointments like the rest of the people in the world… Special Rights and Entitlements!!

          • Anonymous

            Get over it.

          • Anonymous

            Which town holds town meetings to approve a house being built?

          • Anonymous

            No one was demanding to “be married and be married now”! The town offices simply knew that people were excited and happy to be able to marry and that the offices might be flooded as a result, so they proactively decided to open for extra hours. This was not driven by advocates of same sex marriage, it was driven by practicality. I am sure if a similar situation arose, say a new law was passed that said you could register your car for free, similar hours would be extended. Stop being so paranoid.

          • Anonymous

            No, childish to your inability to see the historical context and instead cover your eyes and ears with the hood of dogma.

          • Anonymous

            LOL.. your hate is so apparent when you can’t even see the point that you didn’t stand up for justice while gays were being discriminated against and yet now you scream about justice.

    • Anonymous

      This legislation has never been about equal anything. It is about money,

      BTW before you tolerant pro-marriage call me a hate filled homophobic, I am opposed to the State as a agent for ANY marriage. The State should get out of the marriage, the Feds should stop giving special breaks and privileges to married couples.

      • Anonymous

        Fine Tux back up your belief by asking your elected representative to do just what you believe.

        • Anonymous

          Never going to happen, therefore no equality. Thanks for making my point.

          • Anonymous

            So you have no conviction to your beliefs then if your not willing to fight for your beliefs Tux. YOU just proved that..

      • sail with this

        AMEN,,

      • Anonymous

        You mean like the “privilege” to be involved in end-of-life decisions? The privilege to inherit? The privilege to parental rights? How do these things work in your model? Every “privilege” is codified in a contract? And who enforces the contract other than the state? Your argument is a thinly-veiled hate-based obfuscation. i don’t know whether you hate just homosexuals or society in general, but its pretty clear that you don’t see yourself as part of, or owing anything to, the rest of your citizens of this state or nation. That’s your right. Please don’t pretend that its somehow about fairness.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, right, that’s easy to say anonymously here, while you lap up the 1,138 federal rights of marriage.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      It was open to all… no special rights.

    • Anonymous

      It’s been in the news that these town offices would be open at midnight today. Why in the world would you believe for a second that you would be turned away as a taxpaying resident of that town?

      It’s a special occasion, being the first day that civil marriage is available to same-sex couples in Maine, but it’s not a special right— no one was turned away for not being gay.

      • JWR

        The point is , it was only open because they where Gay. Equal rights or Special rights..

        • Anonymous

          So other than the hours of operation today, you fully support civil marriage for same-sex couples?

  • Anonymous

    Finally, MAINE has become civilized and recognized LOVE as a human right.

    As to that unnamed individual who said it is against some commandment… he certainly isn’t referring to the Bible… “Saint Paul’s Joke” (2012) cites much of the scripture on the subject, and points out that there is nothing against sane- sex marriage, or relationships, only against MALE bi-sexuality… as for relevant commandments, or direction for Christians, St. Paul specifically says, if you must have sex, you need to be married. He did not restrict it to opposite sex, because he certainly did not point to Caesar as doing wrong in marrying a male… no apostle then, or later did either.

    Good fortune to the new couples.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not really “finally” though — we’re actually the first state and place in the world to enact it by popular vote. Other states this year by popular vote, but the question was sent to voters by legislatures. We did this on our own and hopefully we’re first in a long line of many!

  • Richard Simpson Jr

    and so it begins…

    • Tedlick Badkey

      :Aye, it does! And Maine will forever be better for it!

    • Anonymous

      Actually, it began long ago. Throughout our nation’s history, there have been groups that have seen the promise of our Constitution, and petitioned our society for equal access to the rights and benefits our government extends its citizens.

      Is’t it fantastic that our nation better represents the promise of our Constitution?

    • Richard Simpson Jr

      look i am neither for nor against gay marriage..im against special treatment for gays..like opening up early so they can be married..that’s all i was trying to say

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely reverse discrimination. We have town offices doing for gays what they won’t do for straight people. I heard the city of Bangor is waiving the normal $ 200 fee for the gays marrying this weekend. Someone need to file and a lawsuit against these towns. THIS IS NOT RIGHT!

    • Anonymous

      You “heard” or you have proof?

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Um… they were open for all citizens. No one was left out.

      And no fees were waived.

      Your angst fills me with glee.

    • Joseph

      Yeah – because that is horrid that we are recognizing a celebration [with people supporting a historic time] of love over oppression, mistreatment, bias, and violence. God maybe true, but you are a charlatan. Cherry picking “facts” that supports you in your aggression is very ungodly.

    • Anonymous

      Read the article and quit screaming victim when you absolutely are not.

      “It’s something people have waited for for years. People have been discriminated against for years, so we wanted to make sure that we’d be able to accommodate people as soon as possible”

      • Anonymous

        Its a special ‘gay’ day. It is had nothing to do with accommodating straight people.It just makes it ‘look’ legal and proper to include the rest of us.In fact they wouldn’t set up a special day for the rest of us and waive the $200 fee like bangor did.

        • Anonymous

          It is a gay day! A very happy day for many Mainers who have supported marriage equality for many years.

        • Anonymous

          And yet gay married couples pay more taxes than straight married couples. Funny how you only complains about “special” things when it hinders you, but you don’t care when bit when it’s someone else. Ironic that you are a person of God, because selfishness isn’t exactly a a Christian tenant.

    • Anonymous

      If you feel so strongly about this, go ahead and file your lawsuit.

      It’ll get thrown out without merit, since heterosexual couples can also get married today… but don’t let something like facts get in the way of your frothing outrage.

    • Anonymous

      So where is your outrage against DOMA and its discrimination?

      -J

    • Anonymous

      “Officials said that any couple, gay or not, could get married in the
      State of Maine Room. They said that any couples who were inside City
      Hall before 3:01 a.m. would be able to get marriage licenses.”

      “Out in the cold, Erin McNally, a notary, held a sign near the entrance to City Hall advertising no-cost marriages.

      “The city is doing it for $125,” said McNally, 34. “I’ll do it for free, baby. No skin off my back.”

      The price was about in line with her usual fee for officiating, which she usually does for friends.

      Her usual rate? “Free food and wine.”

      http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maine-same-sex-couples-begin-license-process-at-1201-am.html

  • Ed Ecker

    OK,OK let the rest of us get back to reality and stop pounding us over the head with the gay thing !!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations!

  • Joseph

    Wow. Haters = Children. You sound like bleating sheep without purpose or cause. A town office opened for a people who have been deprived of equality since their love began, oh yeah, they are so winning [drenched in sarcasm] MORE rights. “Mommy, mommy, I want a candy bar too, he gets one!” hahaha. “Why does the ipod launch get to open early? some stores do not open early, so that means all that do have special rights!”

  • Tedlick Badkey

    Congratulations one and all on your marriages this sunny winter day!

    And a special shout out to @facebook-1085073366:disqus on his wedding coming up over the next few days!

    May your lives be filled with joy!

  • Homosexuals will go through a “look at us” ceremony to make believe, pretend, fantasize that they are actually married! Nothing could be further from the truth! All you have is a paper from the government saying you can pay taxes differently. LOL!!!!

    Homosexual acts are still sin! You have not accomplished what you think you have for God still condemns the immoral sexual acts of homosexuals!

    YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!…..But ya got an official piece of paper from the gubermint to prove your sin!….What a joke!

    • Tedlick Badkey

      I’m so happy to see you here.

      It truly fills my heart with glee, Billy Boy!

      • Joseph

        hahaha I was saying the same thing.

    • Anonymous

      Santa DID get you more sour grapes for X-Mas!

    • Anonymous

      ” All you have is a paper from the government”

      More useful morally than a book written 2000 years ago by superstitious desert dwellers.

      -J

      • Anonymous

        That wasn’t nice to say.. I’m sad for you, not believing and all.

        • Anonymous

          I’m sad for you that you don’t pay homage to Odin and Thor. I pray they show mercy on your pitiful soul and not cast you down to Helheim.

        • Anonymous

          And I reciprocate feeling sad for you that you believe.

          -J

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I wish them all a long and happy lives together :)

  • Anonymous

    Ok enough. For those of you using the “equal or special rights” lame excuse ANYONE could get married straight or gay. Your agenda is a worthless excuse built on LIES.

    • Anonymous

      Why didn’t they open last Saturday at 12:01am?

      That being said, congrats to all the couples marrying today.

      • Tedlick Badkey

        Last Saturday wasn’t a historical event for people to volunteer for.

  • Anonymous

    I reeeeeally helps to read the articles, I swear to you.

    ““It’s something people have waited for for years. People have been discriminated against for years, so we wanted to make sure that we’d be able to accommodate people as soon as possible” by opening the city clerk’s office at midnight.”

  • Anonymous

    We hopefully we can move on to more important matters, like Obama and the mess that is going on in Congress, relevant news for the paper to print.

    • Guest

      So news should only be selective? Only the news bruce wants to hear? Not the way it works, if you want that go to a specific site that will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
      News is generic.

      • Anonymous

        no, this has been hashed over and over, although you think we lost move on. BDN, has put enough of this in the paper since it started with it. I agree this news is generic.

        • Anonymous

          If you want peace, work for justice nationwide.

  • John White

    You feel “special” you mean .. because the city clerk’s office, to my knowledge, has never opened at midnight before ..

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Tweren’t special for me, friend.

      Nobody opened for me early, and I ain’t getting hitched today (that’s a later date).

      I, however, am thrilled that folks volunteered to stay out and up late to celebrate this momentous day!

    • Anonymous

      I feel it’s a special occasion, sure! First time in our nation’s history that civil marriage has been extended to same-sex couples via popular vote. The very definition of a newsworthy, special occasion! I’m happy that some town offices in Maine CHOSE to open today :)

  • Anonymous

    Disgusting ongoing display and promotion of perversion under the guise of news. Might be family owned but not family orientated.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      ROFLOL!!! Cuz they ain’t like your family?

      Wow… you guys crack me up!

      • Joseph

        “Wait till it gets into the schools. Good luck teaching that sex education class. “behind door # 1 or #2.” – Guest

        Ted, don’t you remember when they talked about graphic sex details about straight people in sex education? – If you do not remember, maybe because it never happened.

        • Tedlick Badkey

          They’re really not worried about graphic details… just that same-sex relations happen in the real world is enough to freak them out.

          • Joseph

            I get uncomfortable thinking about same sex intercourse. Therefore I do not think about it. Me thinking or not thinking about it, should not effect the other individuals around me. I read the “freak-them-out” line and could not help but laugh. They were angry before the vote and are still angry now.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            Right you are!

            It amazes me how many people make themselves uncomfortable thinking about physical relations that bother them.
            That’d be like me thinking about Rosanne Barr and Newt Gingrich on a rubber sheet… oh… my…
            Ouch… that really hurt!

    • Anonymous

      So why do you keep looking and reading

      • Anonymous

        Scientists have already proven why anti-gays are so obsessed with “gay sex”:

        “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014

    • Anonymous

      Thankfully, most Mainers realized that extending civil marriage to same-sex couples helps protect MORE families in our state. Marriage is absolutely family oriented regardless of the couple getting married!

    • Anonymous

      Nope, they didn’t show the danged fool anti-gay trying to make trouble on the plaza. Yep, that anti-gay was being perverted!

  • God did not create Adam and Steve, He created Adam and EVE. (Funny, I have a Gay friend Steve)….Leviticus 18:22–This is an abomination to GOD. Man shall not lie with man as you do with a woman……

    • OZ_in_TX

      I always crack up at the ‘Adam and Eve’ canard… which means that ‘Gay marriage is wrong but populating the world through INCEST is A-OK!’

      • Anonymous

        the bible says incest is wrong.
        it also says that homosexuality is wrong.

        since we’re completely disregarding the bible, then why not extend the “right” to marriage to everyone?

    • Anonymous

      But according to your dogma, God did create homosexuality – and not only in humans but in the animal world.

      For someone who thinks it to be an abomination, he certainly has a funny way of showing it. Perhaps something was lost in the translation.

      -J

      • I’m not an avid Christan by any means. I don’t understand how a Man Loves a Man nor a Woman Loves a Woman..I just don’t get it. Forget God and his quotes for a minute..I do have morals and standards..though they are not very high :) Homosexuality is just plain WRONG.

        • Anonymous

          Demonizing others because you don’t understand them is also just plain wrong.

          You didn’t answer my earlier question, Larry Arthurs– do you feel that gay and lesbian Mainers should be put to death?

        • Anonymous

          So it’s wrong because you don’t get it? That’s a real uniformed conclusion.

        • Anonymous

          True morality rises from the notion that we treat others as we wish to be treated. To do so does not imply you must understand why a certain state of being makes others happy, you need only to understand that if it does no material harm to you, the moral behavior is to let it be.

          -J

    • Anonymous

      God created Adam and Eve, he also created Adam and Steve.

      But since you are quoting Leviticus, Larry Arthurs— do YOU believe that gay and lesbian Mainers should be put to death?!

    • Anonymous

      And Adam and Eve’s sons and daughters grew up and had incestuous relations. But I guess you are perfectly fine with that.

      • Anonymous

        well hey, since we’re on the path of rewriting societal norms, why not?

        if having homosexual relations and marriage is okay now, why not allow incest? If you’re all about “marriage equality” then why not extend it to everyone? after all, love is love, marriage for all.

    • Anonymous

      Modern Biblical scholars have proven the Bible was intentionally mistranslated relatively recently in order to provide “Biblical cover” for then-rising levels of homophobia. For example, the word “homosexual” didn’t even exist until 1850. Many major Christian and Jewish denominations condemn misusing the hate-based mistranslations to attack their fellow Americans and are marrying same gender American couples now. About 400-years ago, a group of religious authorities (sanctioned by King James I of England), secretly manipulated the English version of the Bible to reflect their own heterosexual attitude; they opposed the king kissing other men in public. But in revised versions, religious authorities re-defined the Greek word “arsenokoites” of 1Corinthians 6:9! The most accurate translation, abusers of themselves with mankind [KJV], was pretty vague. Nevertheless, they replaced this vague 5-worded text with the not so vague and purposely targeted 1-word text, “homosexual(s).” Either way you cut it, this text does not describe homosexuals. This campaign gave those who were looking for a reason to justify their own homophobia a license to openly express their bigotry.

    • Anonymous

      As a Christian, I’ll assume you believe in intelligent design, yes?

      Men and women fit together physically. But so do men. They not only fit together, it stimulates the same pleasure centers in the brain as hetro sex does.

      Now, is this by chance, or by intelligent design?

      x

  • Anonymous

    Its a special ‘gay’ day. It has nothing to do with accommodating straight people.It just makes it ‘look’ legal and proper to include the rest of us.In fact they wouldn’t set up a special day for the rest of us and waive the $200 fee like Bangor did for this ‘special’ gay day. Special rights.. special rights.. special rights. This is not equal rights at all. And there is more to come I’m sure if the gay agenda has its way.

    • JWR

      More to come is a vast understatement. The day will come when even some in the homosexual community are left scratching their heads when it’s discovered that their so called ‘equal rights’ gave way to making money off of them.

      Homosexuality will never be fully accepted, tolerated perhaps, but it has no real legitimacy.

      • Tedlick Badkey

        What, exactly, is “to come”, sweetie?

        And your acceptance is not necessary… like your brothers in the KKK, no one can take your opinion from you.

      • Anonymous

        It must be exhausting to be you, feverishly looking every day for fresh reasons to be outraged at how other Americans live their lives.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      No straight people were or would have been denied.

      No fees should have been waived, but the fee of the notary if they volunteered their time, is just fine. I’m betting that was the “fee” that was waived, and that is a voluntary act by volunteers, nothing more.

      No one was left out.

      When you wail and moan about the special rights you get for your religion, someone might listen to you.

      • JWR

        Would they have open for any other reason at that hour ? No they would not have. If you can’t even be honest about that, well then there is very little else to be taken in truth from the Gay rights agenda.

        • Tedlick Badkey

          History was made… the volunteers responded.

          It was their choice… they didn’t do it to make you happy.

          My only agenda today is to get my ice traps ready.

        • Anonymous

          What the “gay rights agenda” looks like for those unaware:

          http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html

  • Melora

    Gay couples will never be “equal”. Yes, men can make immoral and erroneous laws and gay marriage is one of them. God does not approve of it (the Bible is very clear about homosexuality in both Old and New Testament) and even Darwin would not approve—it is unnatural and against humanity. Shameful to the state of Maine.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      The bible does not matter.

      This is a matter of civil law. Nothing more.

      • JWR

        Law perhaps. Acceptance, the million dollar question, that will no doubt be pumped in as it already has. Money can’t buy much of anything that’s worth having.

        • Tedlick Badkey

          I can’t speak for everyone, but “acceptance” from folks like you means nothing to me.

          • JWR

            Nor from me either. I view you as a fraud ! With a capital F.

          • Anonymous

            Anti-gays always sink to making these personal attacks when we correct their lies.

          • Anonymous

            anti hetro are we.

          • Tedlick Badkey

            Goodie! Then I don’t have to worry about listening to you anymore, do I?

            Thanks!

        • Anonymous

          I’m sorry, you certainly did not understand what we were voting for this past November! The ballot question was not one of acceptance, it was one of equal treatment under our laws.

          • JWR

            That’s the great con.. It will perhaps go down as the first and greatest con of the 21st century.
            P.T. Barnum could never even have imagine one so carefully orchestrated.

          • Anonymous

            Where is the “con” here? Seriously, you are making no sense at all. Let go of your irrational opposition to how our government treats its citizens, and perhaps you can make room for coherent thought.

        • Anonymous

          We don’t need your acceptance, or the acceptance of the few other anti-gays. We already have the acceptance of most Americans. Remember DADT? Fully 80% of Americans wanted and GOT DADT revoked.

      • Anonymous

        Ted Lick Bad Key. Where is your anger comming from this morning?? Is it that people have an opinion of their own and you don’t want it expressed?? Would you like to have the freedom of speech, thought, beliefs removed from the constitution??? Convenant to use the constitution as a right to marry yet the same people want to remove right of free speech, opinion, belief removed from it.., you funny

        • Tedlick Badkey

          No anger… just fact.

          The bible doesn’t matter in civil marriage… not in any way. To decry otherwise is to demonstrate ignorance.
          Freedom of speech, thought, and beliefs are wonderful… as are freedom of speech, thought, and beliefs in opposition to.
          I’m taking free speech for no one… I only respond to it.

          That’s how it works.

    • OZ_in_TX

      Then it’s a good thing that ‘God’s approval’ isn’t required to get a marriage license – for Gay couples, divorcees, atheists, couples who had children out of wedlock… wow, the list just goes on and on.

    • Anonymous

      The Bible is fairly clear about rape, slavery and infanticide also. As a society, we already reject much of what the Bible is ‘clear on’. Such is what happens as society reject old fears and replaces it with understanding.

      -J

    • Anonymous

      Not one word about our US Constitution in your diatribe. It exposes how little you understand about the concept of equal treatment under our laws when you refer to documents and concepts completely unrelated to our system of government.

      • JWR

        Please, isn’t that the last bastion of traitors to hide in !? What you have essential accomplish is to mock those who led the way to civil rights, who truly suffered and even died for it.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I see where you’re going, you’re suggesting this “isn’t a civil rights issue.” Horsefeathers! Science has proven sexual orientation is inborn and unchangeable. Several US federal and several US State High Courts have held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is similarly unconstitutional as discrimination based on race. That’s where the similarity ends, but it means it’s just as UNCONSTITUTIONAL and WRONG to try to HURT LGBT Americans with these dirty anti-gay Hate Votes as Jim Crow laws were.

        • Anonymous

          I do not mock, I have repeatedly acknowledged respect and humility toward those who came before me in this struggle for equal treatment under our laws.

          Without those who bravely fought for equality before me, I never would have been able to live such a fulfilling and uplifting life with my fiancé. I never would have had the courage to be out to my friends, family and coworkers without those who braved potential imprisonment for being out with their sexual orientation in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

          As for what I accomplished? I support causes of equality financially, I spew my opinions online, and in years past I have volunteered my time and energy toward causes of equality.

          I cannot begin to repay the debt I owe to those who came before me, but I surely will not forget what others have done for me, and I will do what I can to make this world a better place… for it indeed is becoming a better place, year after year!

      • Anonymous

        I just love the fact that people believe in the constitution when speaking of gay marriage yet being able to have guns to protect ones self against a tyrannical goverment is bad.. I guess you (ConvivalVists) get to pick and choose what part of the constitution is valid.. you funny.

        • Anonymous

          Seems like you’re projecting your own poor behavior onto someone else. The Constitution is VERY clear about equal protection under the law.

          • Anonymous

            You are right. The constitution is clear.

          • Anonymous

            did my remark say differently

        • Anonymous

          I just love the fact that you stereotype my beliefs and wrongly think I am against the 2nd Amendment.

          I support ALL of our Constitutional rights, including the 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, all the way through to the 27th.

          If I had to pick 1 amendment I am not enthusiastic about, it would be the 17th… but I don’t oppose it.

    • Anonymous

      Like the creep protesting in the plaza who wouldn’t tell the reporter his name, you will only post your HATE SPEECH anonymously, from behind the veil of anonymity. This tells everyone even anti-gays know their HATE SPEECH is unacceptable.

  • OZ_in_TX

    I’d like to take this moment to wish the happy couples the very best! Congratulations to the Gay and Lesbian couples who are FINALLY able to marry for the first time, their straight allies who celebrated this joyous moment with them, and certainly to the people of Maine who voted – voted! – to make this happen.

    Cheering you folks on from the ‘Buckle of the Bible Belt’!

  • Marcia

    Congratulations to all, and best wishes for a happy future together. But, I have to wonder what the cost to the communities are for having special hours for marriages. If there is a cost incurred through overtime for city employees, then the special hours should not have happened.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      I would agree. Earlier reports stated that those involved were volunteers. I do hope that is the case.

      • Anonymous

        Everything I’ve read indicated the city employees volunteered their time.

    • Anonymous

      Do you also complain about every other instance that costs city employees overtime?

      • Marcia

        When it is unnecessary, yes. Don’t you?

        • Anonymous

          Justice delayed is justice denied. The city employees volunteered their time.

    • Anonymous

      The discrimination should not have happened and yet it did. Married gay couples should not be paying more federal taxes and yet they are.

      Funny how people only complain about fairness and costs when it concerns them, but they don’t seem to complain when it’s someone else’s problem…

    • Considering that taxpaying Gay Americans have been subsidizing the legal benefits that Straight couples have always taken for granted, for the entire history of this country, I should think that allowing City Hall to open for this special day is a VERY SMALL PRICE TO PAY, don’t you?

      • Marcia

        Oh please…that’s a ridiculous response, and has nothing to do with my comment. Your attitude is precisely why ssm has taken so long to come to fruition.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, no, PolishBear’s comment was spot-on, Marcia. You whined about the “special hours,” but as far as we know, the city employees volunteered their time, and the city took in some $600 in fees, while also avoiding a crush on Monday, the last business day of the year. Marrying in 2012 affects these couples taxes, Marcia.

          But thank you for your congratulations, Marcia.

  • Vince Chabel

    congrats!… from vancouver, canada

    • Anonymous

      I prefer the real Canada. Quebec!!!

  • amber tibbetts

    You love who you love. Just because you happen to love someone with the same body parts as you doesnt mean you should be excluded from being happy like the rest of us. besides “gay” isnt something your gonna catch or spread, unlike stupidity that seems to have spread all over here.

  • Anonymous

    Bangor waves the marraige fee for gays , yet sends me 5 storm drain fees.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Notaries can waive their fee whenever they wish.

      Storm drain fees are not applicable… notaries don’t perform a service for you.

      • Anonymous

        Edited comment

    • Anonymous

      With all the effluent you spout, it’s no wonder!

      • Anonymous

        Even I like that reply.. You get an A+++ for that one. LOL!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Looking forward to an entertaining 2013. Happy new year!

          • Anonymous

            You also!

  • Anonymous

    They feel equal, but they are not. They have a little piece of paper declaring them married, yet by biblical standards they are not, even if the ceremony is carried out by a priest, as the priest is not following the Bible, but his own selfish desires. So, yes, legally married, but no, not married in a religious sense. Happy New Year!

  • Anonymous

    If THAT is what it took for you to feel equal, then I pity you! Obviously self-esteem is not very high in that segment of society.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your heartfelt support for equal treatment under our laws!

      • Anonymous

        She has no heart and a very small and narrow mind…

  • Anonymous

    If the government were out of marriage all those benefits and 1100+ laws
    would be gone meaning less government intrusion in our lives. I don’t believe
    that being married is any reason to get extra benefits. I do believe in
    less government intrusion.

    Marriage should be a non-issue since no one would need permission
    from the government to marry and no one would be getting extra benefits
    to which singles are not entitled.

    • Anonymous

      Let us know when you convince all the Americans already married to agree to have their marriages annulled, and to pay back government at every level for every benefit they received. ONLY THEN would there be a level playing field.

    • Anonymous

      That would fit the definition of equal treatment under our laws, but the vast majority of Americans do not appear to support repealing the 1,100+ benefits and privileges extended by our government contingent on marital status.

      • Anonymous

        The federal government’s General Accounting Office identified 1,138 rights of legal marriage:

        http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04353r.pdf

        However, until DOMA is revoked (the case is already before the US Supreme Court), same gender legally married couples will still be denied equality at the federal level, just not for very much longer.

        • Anonymous

          Welcome carrotcakeman, a man of his covictions. I thought we had lost you.. There are other subjects that we could use you on.. like protecting all constitutional rights.. Hope to see a man with such great stamina hop on the train to save the rest of the constitution. .

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps that is because some do not realize that the law is unfair and does not promote equality amongst the citizens. Some believe everything the government tells them to do is good for them.

  • Congratulations and best wishes!

  • Anonymous

    Now that they have forced society to accecpt their getting married, what will be their next demand.

    • Anonymous

      “Forced society”????? Anti-gays have GOT to STOP claiming that all other Americans are as hateful and hurtful as anti-gays are. Face the fact, a MAJORITY of Americans support marriage equality. A MAJORITY of Mainer voters voted YES for EQUALITY!

      • Anonymous

        Fourty years of stridend demanding and browbeating is pretty much force.

        • Anonymous

          “Mommy, mommy, the mean, mean LGBT Americans FORCED me to LIKE them!” You anti-gays are just a LAFF RIOT!

          • Anonymous

            Actually the only thing the sexually confused have done is make me dislike them.
            I was very happy to just live and let live but the LGBT weas not happy with that they had to force more of their agenda upon society but now I have grown tired of their demands.

          • Anonymous

            And you think ANYONE cares that YOU are “tired”? Face the fact, most Americans are sick and tired of anti-gays and all their lies, hate speech and WHINING. OMG, do anti-gays EVER STOP WHINING?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe now the gays will quit their demanding and whining like the spoiled brats they are, but I doubt it. Whiny brats are never satisfied.

          • Anonymous

            And your showing that with every post.

          • Anonymous

            Another A-hole heard from

          • Anonymous

            Oh the intelligence you demonstrate is astounding Lar…please keep posting.

          • Anonymous

            sorry, sometimes the truth is not pretty.

          • Anonymous

            You’re right Lar the truth does hurt. It must be awful looking in the mirror every morning and seeing the fact of a bigot looking back at you.

          • Anonymous

            You would know, if you had a conscience.

          • Anonymous

            Oh I have one Lar. I believe two consenting adults have the right to marry. You on the other hand would prefer to deny those two consenting adults that Civil right based on who the love. The person with the conscious can see beyond who they sleep with and see the love they share.

          • Joseph

            Demonstrative, not exact quotes, but they have all been said:

            “Why did the office get to open early? For gay people!? I tell ya they have an evil gay agenda, they want to turn every human gay”
            “They are perverse and evil” “God will smite them”

            The couple in the article:

            “I am so happy I get to love the man I knew for the last 9 years”

            ME Pretending to be larry:

            Damn spoiled brats – how dare they even remotely complain about every form of discrimination that I [The mighty Larry who lives in Camden] would wish to deliver them because I am a man of science and God. They better stop complaining about love now, damn *bleep*

            How did I do?

    • Anonymous

      They’re going to convert you! Watch out, you’re going to turn gay by may!

      • Anonymous

        Some how I would not doubt that it would go that far but maybe school children.

        • Anonymous

          There are already gay school children and it’s not because they were converted. Being gay is an immutable characteristic.

          • Anonymous

            When science can predict homosexuality I’ll believe it. Before there is hard and fast scientific proof, the same proof that YOU and your ilk demand for the existance of God.
            Baring that level of proof all you have is an opinion and theory.

          • Anonymous

            Ilk? What a disgusting outlook you have. Like you and YOUR ilk ever believe cold hard facts. You’re more about spinning and denying science than anything.

          • Anonymous

            I doubt that YOU would recognize real science if it bit you.
            Your arguement ias as specious as always.

          • Anonymous

            That’s just empty jargon, I didn’t make an argument beyond the fact that if I presented any bit of science to you, you’d conveniently ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist — all too common behavior among Republicans these days. There is always an excuse with you guys.

          • Anonymous

            As I said YOU and your ilk don’t debate on fact or science, just opinion and tenet of religion

          • Joseph

            excuse me why I die laughing.

          • Anonymous

            Please do.

          • Anonymous

            commissioned science? Paid for to find certain results for the corporates. Great money.

          • Anonymous

            Corporations are not the only ones that commission science.
            Liberals do it all the time.

          • Joseph

            Larry? Science is not bible, science is not crayons, science is not about your feelings, you know the thing you complain about that women have. Feelings are the thing that validate you against the world.

            That cup is not half full, even though it was measured by seven universities (they all lied), that is not science – says Larry. Hahahaha.

          • Anonymous

            No, the cup is totally full unless it was measured in a total vacuum. The freaking cup is as full as it can get, maybe not with the measured material but it IS FULL.
            Were you making a point or just showing your intellegence?

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Many of these same advocates are pushing a lot of crap science, the most recent being human caused globalcooling err warming errr cooling err climate change
            The best they have is theory, there is no repeatable, scientifically provable experiments being done.

          • Anonymous

            And there you go again, proving me right — you ask for science and then pretend it doesn’t exist.

          • Anonymous

            I asked for repeatable provable scientific proof and you give me opinion and theory.

          • Anonymous

            Not true — you’re being dishonest now. Have some integrity. You need to be able to separate your feelings from your judgments. Just because you hate gay people doesn’t automatically mean that science is somehow false.

          • Anonymous

            Agenda driven grants from the goberment cleverly worded can get any results they want. They tend to focus only on results they want to show the people to see.. It pays well and the game has been play for many years for many reasons… There is enough oil for 3 hundred years, or there is enough oil for 30 years, Depends who commissions the study. So there is your science.

          • Joseph

            Agenda driven grants from the [insert political affiliation] cleverly worded can get any results they want.

            Then why have you guys haven’t won anything?

          • Anonymous

            I dont hate gays, I may hate what they are doing along with every other liberal group, but I do hate what they are doing to the country.
            Just because YOU say it is scientific does not make it so. If scientific principles are not followed it is still just opinion.

          • Anonymous

            Just because you deny it, doesn’t make it stop being the truth.

            Gays make more and they pay more in taxes. You can thank them for picking up your slack, I know I have. Especially as a 1%er with all my special breaks and loopholes ;)

          • Anonymous

            Does that make them part of the 1% that we are all supposed to hate?
            Making more money than the average person and they claim to be opressed. hmmmm

          • Anonymous

            I was talking about myself, but nice job changing the subject! Just proves you’re projecting! When you criticize others randomly you’re actually talking about your own poor behavior.

          • Anonymous

            MY behavior has been quite reasonable considering.

          • Joseph

            Are you at war? Against Liberals? Gay People? Minorities that do not look white? Evil communists? Considering that you are reasonable I would not like to see what unreasonable looks like.

          • Anonymous

            I did not say I am reasonable I said my responses were reasonable.

            I used no foul language, used no inappropriate replies.

            I personally am at war with no one, I do feel that most liberals do not recognize that their misguided ideas will lead to tyranny and communisim is evil because it IS tyranny.

          • Joseph

            Larry — I do not hate gays, I just gay hate gays. hahahaha.

          • Anonymous

            I hate very few people, I reserve that for actually evil people, but I can still hate things that people do.
            While I am not Christlike, I do not profess to love those that dislike me. If someone does something that does not effect me, or does not hurt others, I really don’t care, but will suggest to those that do wrong that what they wish for is not right.

          • Joseph

            Gravity is a theory, sparky.

          • Anonymous

            Yup, but there is a lot of repeatable definable proof leading to it becoming a truth. There is no experiment that brings the question into doubt.
            Besides I can not imagine that ANYONE with without mental defect claiming that gravity does not exist. The theory of gravity is what causes it, and how can it be used. NOT that it exists.

          • Joseph

            And how is homosexuality different? It is something that is observable, that exists, and we give it a name. So what is it about science, that you believe, the halls of academia can not achieve without bias? With comparable testings by other faculties across the globe. Is that to say you do not trust yourself with your own bias? If people across political and socio-economic landscapes who test each others experiments are all on “the take?” Then who can you trust? I am guessing you must not think highly of people.

            You see nothing but sin in your fellow man besides only those that believe as you do, which either makes you believe you are superior or that you are inferior. Neither is a positive.

            You should watch the “Flight of The Dodo”.

          • Anonymous

            Is that about you?
            I refer to the specious clame that homosexuality is in the genes, I do not have any doubt that homosexuality exists but do question the absolute belief that some have that it is anything but a mutation that nature does not want passed on.
            I will admit that in some ways I am inferior to others, and there are many, such as yourself, that I think of in far less than positive ways.
            There have been no experiments on the subject of homosexuality outside of a pshrinks emotional feelings.

          • Anonymous

            I call them Climate controlers. They actually think they can change the climate by recycling. LOL!!
            I know for a fact only the Goberment can do that with chem. spraying

          • Anonymous

            Psychologists identified homophobia as a mental illness and published their results in the Journal of the National Institutes of Health in 1953. Psychologists report that the most commonly observed symptom of the mental disorder homophobia is an inability of those so afflicted to accept documentation that contradicts their deep-seated phobia and hatred of LGBT Americans. This tends to explain why this poster cannot accept the facts.

          • Anonymous

            And Shrinks are all crazy and there isnt a bit of science to their quack beliefs.

          • Anonymous

            get a job.

          • Joseph

            Button get an education. :D

      • Anonymous

        Naw, I’m sure he’s too ugly. Ever notice these guys who act like they think gay Americans are gonna flirt with them are UGLY?!?!?!

  • Anonymous

    What Does Obama Think??

    • Anonymous

      He thinks this is great.

  • Anonymous

    Anticipating the haters already …

  • Anonymous

    Oh weird, the party of me-me-me entitlement mentality is out in full force today I see.

    Gays have never been able to marry in Maine up until today and yet there are people on here screaming victim and saying “what about meeeee?”. Straight people have ALWAYS been able to marry in Maine — we haven’t been discriminated against like gay people have.

    Grow up and wish these couples happy and healthy lives together. It what a mature adult would do.

  • Deutsch Bier-Mädchen

    As Etta James used to sing, At Last…

  • Anonymous

    All the negitive feed back I’m getting shows how bigotted some people are..

    • Anonymous

      No, it shows you’re just trolling. You have no principles. Your complaints about others are just projections of your own poor behavior.

    • Anonymous

      You liberals are funny.

      you always jump to calling names and hurling insults when someone disagrees with your twisted agenda or opinion.

      for example, if we call out the media because they’re hiding the description of a suspect based on race, we’re the racists.

      if we disagree with gay marraige, we’re bigots

      if we dislike muslim practices such as requiring women to wear burka’s then we’re intolerant.

      your broken record of demonizing those who disagree with you is getting annoying.

      • Anonymous

        You’re projecting. You’re the one demonizing people and when you’re challeneged on it, you scream victim. You scream about being called names instead of addressing the actual issues. You scream about not wanting to be called a bigot — seems like YOU’RE the one wanting political correctness now.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not demonizing anyone.

          Are we not allowed to have opinions without being insulted when we voice them?

          Have I insulted anyone by voicing my opinion?

          “You scream about being called names instead of addressing the actual issues.”

          what issues need to be addressed? my differing opinion from yours? I was under the impression that free speech was guaranteed and protected by the constitution as a civil right.

          “You scream about not wanting to be called a bigot”

          you’re right, i don’t like to be slandered by being called something i am not.

          What would be your reply if I said that you were an intolerant, reverse-racist, freedom hating sin lover?

          Doesn’t sound very nice does it?

          • Anonymous

            I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy. You use blanket statements about liberals and whine about being called names — yet you conveniently ignore all the name calling and demonization that is going on here against gays and lesbians. You ignore that poor behavior when conservatives do it and act like liberals are all the same. Like I said, it’s pure hypocrisy.

          • Anonymous

            ” yet you conveniently ignore all the name calling that is going on here against gays and lesbians”

            you’re right again.
            mostly because I don’t care.
            It isn’t being directed at me, and I am not directing it at anyone.

            if you’d like to venomously reply to those that are insulting the gays, then that is of course your prerogative but don’t cast the same insults to those who merely have their own opinion (that hurts no one) and voices it.

            as liberals claim “we’re more civilized than that”

          • Anonymous

            So you only care about yourself. You prove that your criticisms are entirely selfish and not at all based in principle.

            You should think these things are wrong no matter who does them and no matter who it is directed at.

            Your blanket generalizations also demonstrate your laziness.

          • Anonymous

            Total selfishness and self-absorption are identifying characteristics of anti-gays.

          • Anonymous

            I’d say wolfndeer pegged you 1200% accurately.

          • Anonymous

            Hey, if you’re going to be a homophobe, at least own up to it.

          • Anonymous

            a phobia is a fear of something.
            I do not fear homosexuals.
            I merely disagree with the definition of marriage being redefined.

          • Anonymous

            Psychologists identified homophobia as a mental illness and published their results in the Journal of the National Institutes of Health in 1953. Psychologists report that the most commonly observed symptom of the mental disorder homophobia is an inability of those so afflicted to accept documentation that contradicts their deep-seated phobia and hatred of LGBT Americans.

          • Anonymous

            1953…
            it’s 2012…
            got anything updated?

          • Anonymous

            Excellent reply. Stick to it.

      • Anonymous

        Is there anything more PATHETIC than an anti-gay WHINING that his intended victims are “the real haters”? LOL!

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting that we have people who can say, “Mainers are “turning our backs on God’s commandments.”” — obviously they have not read the scriptures. Nothing in western bibles opposes same-sex couples. Though there is an old testament prohibition against MALE bi-sexuality, the New Testament requires those who do not wish to be celibate to be married. Of course, it also requires adherence to all the Old Testament laws, and that acceptance of any one law requires acceptance of them all — so we know the New Testament is generally ignored.

    Contrary to the assertion of the person who did not wish to be identified Maine has finally accept “God’s commandments” — at least with regard to the guidelines set down by Saint Paul, under the authority of Saint Peter & James. Now we need to see the rest of the nation fall into obedient line.

    Congratulations to the new families.

  • USAF Veteran

    LOL LOL LOL!!

  • Guest

    What a comedy fest.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Yeah, it’d be rather boring without all the sad-sacks. They do indeed keep it funny!

  • Tedlick Badkey

    Today has been wonderful… in addition to getting my ice fishing paraphernalia sorted out, I get to watch sad-sacks. it couldn’t have been better!!!

  • Anonymous

    who gave away the bride?

    • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

      which one is the bride btw.

      • Anonymous

        Does it matter?

        • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

          to some people it does aka proper marriages means 1 bride and 1 groom

          • Anonymous

            Fine. Well it doesn’t matter to me or my wife or my daughter. People will either accept it or not. There are still people that believe mixing of the races is wrong.

  • That’s a nice set of moobs.

    • Guest

      Which one?

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Stop looking in the mirror.

  • Anonymous

    Has the anti-gay Hate Cult NOM finally followed the law from the 2009 anti-gay Hate Vote and released the names of their donors as required by Maine Law? NOM committed the same criminal act again earlier this year, even though the US Supreme Court rejected their appeal of their conviction.

  • Anonymous

    When we examine the posts of anti-gays to seek a greater understanding of the mental disorder, homophobia, we note certain tendencies. Most anti-gays have built up an elaborate set of fantasies, such as that their tiny numbers are somehow “the majority.” When presented with the simple fact that a strong majority of Americans reject their demands to hurt and vilify LGBT Americans, anti-gays show they simply cannot accept any facts that contradict their deep-seated phobia and hatred for their fellow Americans who are LGBT.

    I understand that anti-gays are disturbed individuals, but that doesn’t mean that every normal, non-homophobic American needs to accommodate their sickening desire to hurt LGBT Americans. While anti-gays have every right to envelope themselves in their swirling vortex of homophobia, they have NO right to misuse their mental disorder to force their nasty desires onto other Americans.

    Every day more non-gay Americans speak up for us. They know by doing so they are defending their own freedom and equality. Wouldn’t it be more helpful if anti-gays sought help for theor problem instead of trying to “project” that problem onto all other Americans?

    • Guest

      Yup

  • Tedlick Badkey

    Always a better man than you, Guest!

  • Tedlick Badkey

    Closet getting tight little man?

  • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

    Ok, heres a thing that is wasted on our time and respect for all those who think its immoral congrats who gives a damn about gay marriage. My thought is very clear that people really don’t have any real news and love gays and their marriage crap. I think marriage was equal before the law and Maine is now teaching that it’s right that its ok for Jim to kiss Jack and loveee each others body parts and so you don’t think I forget Sarah and Jane as well. There I hit both genders so cant say judge me for not mentioning boy on boy and girl on girl. Please don’t teach this in our schools because that means that you should put bible back into school so we can all learn what is right.

    • Anonymous

      Not about religion homie. It’s about two loving people being able to obtain a civil marriage certificate.

      • Guest

        It is about religion homie. Read any dictionary prior to 1996 and you will find that they all say that Marriage is the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. Going back a few more years our dictionaries actually quoted the Bible in support of the definitions. Read your history (not liberal revisionist history) and you will clearly see that this country was founded on Biblical principles. The separation of Church and state is not in the constitution as you liberals see it but was simply intended to prevent the “state” from controlling the church and the “church” from controlling the state, not to prevent the churches influence on the state. As the people of this country continue in their “natural” sinful decline away from the God of the Bible, this country continues toward a state of self destruction. Why wont you Godless people simply MAN or WOMAN-UP and stop trying to convince and manipulate the God fearing people of this country into believing and excepting your lies?!!!! Why wont you simply just say it like it really is: …. that is that you know that this country was founded on the Bible, that marriage is between a man and a woman, that abortion is murder, but that YOU like your way of living better that living for the God of the Bible. Be honest for once… you might start getting a bit more respect from your enemies (God fearing people).

      • DNS

        It is about religion homie. Read any dictionary prior to 1996 and you will find that they all say that Marriage is the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. Going back a few more years our dictionaries actually quoted the Bible in support of the definitions. Read your history (not liberal revisionist history) and you will clearly see that this country was founded on Biblical principles. The separation of Church and state is not in the constitution as you liberals see it but was simply intended to prevent the “state” from controlling the church and the “church” from controlling the state, not to prevent the churches influence on the state. As the people of this country continue in their “natural” sinful decline away from the God of the Bible, this country continues toward a state of self destruction. Why wont you Godless people simply MAN or WOMAN-UP and stop trying to convince and manipulate the God fearing people of this country into believing and excepting your lies?!!!! Why wont you simply just say it like it really is: …. that is that you know that this country was founded on the Bible, that marriage is between a man and a woman, that abortion is murder, but that YOU like your way of living better than living for the God of the Bible. Be honest for once… you might start getting a bit more respect from your enemies (God fearing people).

  • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

    By the way in pictures which one is the groom and bride if this is a real marriage neither are wearing wedding dresses in first picture so Im guessing isn’t right type of marriage.

    • Anonymous

      What’s the “right type” of marriage homie

      • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

        My learning and understanding is 1 man and 1 woman like my wife and I.

        • Anonymous

          And at one point in time in America it meant one white man and one white woman. Times change.

  • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

    By way which one is bride and groom and in some of pictures because this isn’t meaning of marriage. Its mean gay sex or lesbian porn by looks of it. By way if you say I’m terrible person then thank you and have a nice day.

    • Tedlick Badkey

      Not terrible… just ignorant.

      • Homebake Aaron Myrtle

        no just being myself and very vocal about my thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    Interestingly, some recent studies have shown that heterosexual homophobic men showed heightened penis arousal when viewing gay porn; a response not found in Heterosexual men who were not homophobic.

    Search “Psychology Today” for the original article [published June 9, 2011].

    It has always been a pet theory of mine that the percentage of gay people in society would be higher if not for the suppression of natural feelings. The visceral reactions provided by people like Guest seem to betray a deeper touch point of frustration then simply severing the will of a creator.

    -J

  • Anonymous

    Well one thing! The Lawyers are smiling, divorces will double If not triple!

  • Anonymous

    “Once upon a time
    we said prayers in school;

    We paid tribute
    to our country,

    And those who
    gave their lives in her defense;

    We honored our
    parents;

    And we spoke the
    name of God with reverence.

    Once upon a time
    moral principals guided our progress,

    And we eschewed
    evil:

    We punished
    wrongdoing in the courts of the land,

    Rewarding truth
    with justice and honor.

    Once upon a time
    we were a nation of believers:

    Believers in our
    heritage;

    Believers in the
    dignity of man;

    And believers in
    God.

    Look at what has become of us…”

    Jason-Wilhelm Prediger

    • Anonymous

      Civil Law

    • Anonymous

      The good ole Constitution.

  • Anonymous

    Very mature guest

  • Bright

    There will be a day when hardline religious people here in the US will be viewed like the Taliban, I only wish I’ll be around to see it.

  • USAF Veteran

    LOL LOL LOL LOL! I needed a good laugh.

  • Finally. Finally.

    How can anyone be other than uplifted by the celebration of commitment between two people for whom the other is the most important thing in their life?

  • DNS

    Read any dictionary prior to 1996 and you will find that they all say that Marriage is the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. Going back a few more years our dictionaries actually quoted the Bible in support of the definitions. Read your history (not liberal revisionist history) and you will clearly see that this country was founded on Biblical principles. The separation of Church and state is not in the constitution as you liberals see it but was simply intended to prevent the “state” from controlling the church and the “church” from controlling the state, not to prevent the churches influence on the state. As the people of this country continue in their “natural” sinful decline away from the God of the Bible, this country continues toward a state of self destruction. Why wont you Godless people simply MAN or WOMAN-UP and stop trying to convince and manipulate the God fearing people of this country into believing and excepting your lies?!!!! Why wont you simply just say it like it really is: …. that is that you know that this country was founded on the Bible, that marriage is between a man and a woman, that abortion is murder, but that YOU like your way of living better that living for the God of the Bible. Be honest for once… you might start getting a bit more respect from your enemies (God fearing people).

    • Anonymous

      Churches and religious organizations do not issue marriage licenses Dan. States issue marriage licenses.

      Since states issue marriage licenses it is a matter of civil law not religious doctrine.

      Here’s a reading suggestion for you “The Devil Made Me Do It: Crime & Punishment in Early New England”. Once you’ve completed the reading assignment then you will have a better understanding of religion and its impact on the founding of our country.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t the Bible talk about not judging others?

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