Maine Governor Declares 'Proud Day'!!!
- Baldacci declares 'proud day' as he signs gay-rights bill into law
AUGUSTAGov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill to protect
gays and lesbians from discrimination.
Just before signing the bill before an audience of cheering
supporters in the State House Cabinet Room, the governor declared
this to be a "proud day for Maine." Baldacci, who submitted the
bill, said it not only "offers essential civil rights," but
also "serves as a welcome."
The law, which received final House and Senate passage Wednesday
night, takes effect in late June. It makes Maine the sixth and final
New England state to adopt a gay rights law.
But opponents aren't giving up.
The Christian Civic League of Maine plans to announce its next move
Thursday afternoonand that could be a petition drive to send the
legislation out to voters.