Marriage madness

By AL DIAMON  |  July 20, 2011

Anyway, I've got the perfect subject for their first conversion:

Governor Paul LePage.

Deep in his heart and mind, LePage favors marriage equality. He stated that clearly during an interview with the Pine Tree Politics website early in last year's campaign.

"I don't believe the state should be in the marriage business," LePage said, later adding, "If you want to have a marriage, we'll leave that up to the churches. So, I go one step further than many because I say if you're going to get married by the state, it's a civil union, period. Whether you're a homosexual, lesbian, heterosexual. Everybody. That way everybody gets the same legal standing."

LePage indicated that religious denominations should decide for themselves whether to sanction same-sex unions as marriages, which seems to indicate gays and lesbians could wed in some churches.

As usual, LePage's staff had to later explain that their candidate didn't know what he was talking about. In subsequent interviews, LePage dodged the issue by saying things like, "government should not be involved in redefining marriage," which had the advantage of being both consistent with his previous opinion and wildly misleading.

It's time for the governor to come out of the closet, so to speak, and admit he's for equality, whether at the justice of the peace's office or the altar. LePage needs to overcome mere politics and say what he believes. But given his conservative base, that shift is likely to provoke some blowback.

LePage should calm the rabid right-wingers by explaining that it's not a special right he favors; it's a necessary evil.

As the ancient Greeks used to say, email me ataldiamon@herniahill.net. Except they said it in ancient Greek.

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