Marriage in Maine

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That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Quick update: There will be no California state Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 tomorrow, as had been rumored. The Golden State’s high court has until the end of this month to issue its decision.

Meanwhile, Maine today became the second state to legalize same-sex marriage by way of legislative action — and the first to do so with a governor’s signature.

Gov. John E. Baldacci, a Democrat,  reversed his past opposition to same sex marriage and signed the bill after he said he came “to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.

“Article I in the Maine Constitution states that ‘no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person’s civil rights or be discriminated against,” he said in a statement.

Last month, Vermont’s legislature overrode the governor’s veto to pass a marriage bill. Iowa, Massachusetts and Connecticut also have same-sex marriage.

Charlize Theron sent out an e-mail via the Courage Campaign urging participation in a “Meet in the Middle for Equality” rally planned for the Saturday after the California Supreme Court decision in Fresno.

Health Care Lobby: Jessica Alba, Regina King, Keri Russell, Jurnee Smollett, Katie McGrath, Laura Wasserman and Ali Wentworth will be in Washington on Thursday to visit a DC health clinic and meet with administration officials and congressional leaders about the need for affordable health care for children. They will be joined by Children’s Defense Fund president Marian Wright Edelman. They will meet with Senate finance committee members and later with those on the Senate health, education, pensions and labor committee.

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