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fered a concussion, facial injuries and a
broken jaw, didn't talk about the beat-
ing. Instead, he focused on the impor-
tance of rearing children so that they
grow up to be kind and tolerant, not
filled with hatred.
King said his commitment to a gay
rights law in Maine remains
unchanged, although he believes such
legislation can only be passed with a
referendum held during a general elec-
The governor noted that 31 percent
of Maine's eligible voters turned out for
last month's vote and 51 percent of
those voted in favor of repeal. "Sixteen
percent of the eligible voters of Miane
voted yes. My friends, that is not a man-
date," he said.
Urging that gay rights supporters
step up their efforts to educate people
on the issue, King cautioned against
overreacting to last month's repeal.
"We can't hate back," he said. "The
people who voted 'yes' are not bad
Jonathan Lee, executive director of
the Maine Speakout Project that helped
organize the meeting, said the attack on
Mitchell — whatever its motivation —
has stirred deep fears in the gay com-
"Many of us remember another
Charlie, Charlie Howard, who in 1984
in Bangor was thrown over a bridge
into the Kenduskeag River and
drowned by a group of teen-age boys,
simply because he was gay," Lee said.
Other speakers included former Bath
Iron Works President Buzz Fitzgerald
and members of the clergy. ▼
Advocates for same-gender marriage
appeal to Alaska Senate committee
By Paul Queary
JUNEAU — Advocates for same-
gender marriage packed a Senate hear-
ing Monday to testify against a pro-
posed constitutional amendment ban-
ning such unions in Alaska.
The amendment defining marriage
as a union between one man and one
woman was prompted by a judge's rul-
ing last month that choosing a life part-
ner is a fundamental right regardless of
the person's gender. If the amendment
passes by a two-thirds vote in both
houses of the Legislature, it would go
before voters in November.
Sarah Boesser of the Committee for
Equality in Juneau warned the cam-
paign for the amendment would
unleash an "angry anti-gay onslaught"
against longstanding relationships like
the one she has shared with another
woman for 17 years.
"This bill, whether you mean it to or
not, builds a podium for hate speech,"
Boesser told the Senate Judiciary
Superior Court Judge Peter
Michalski's ruling did not legalize
same-gender marriage in Alaska, but
he ordered the state to show com-
pelling evidence why it should regulate
the choice of a partner. The state plans
to appeal the decision.
But the ruling mirrors a state judge's
ruling in Hawaii in 1992. The decision
set in motion a string of court decisions
successfully challenging the island
state's refusal to grant marriage licens-
es to same-gender couples. The matter
An attempt to prevent
gay marriage ban on
ballot in November.
is now before the Hawaii Supreme
"But in territorial days and since
statehood, our laws have never recog-
nized same-sex marriage," said Sen.
Loren Leman, R-Anchorage. "Should
some unelected and unaccountable
judge in Anchorage decide social policy
for the entire state?"
Several people testified against the
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