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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Maine marriage law faces November 3 ballot vote
Maine voters will say yes or no November 3 to the state's law that legalized same-sex marriage.

The law was supposed to take effect September 12 but was delayed by the referendum process, which anti-same-sex-marriage forces completed on September 2.

Voters will be asked, "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont, and becomes legal in New Hampshire on January 1.

It was previously legal in California, where 18,000 same-sex couples are married but no more can get married because voters amended the state constitution last November to forbid it.

In addition, same-sex marriages from elsewhere are recognized in New York, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Gay couples also can marry in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Spain.

Rachel Maddow recovers from swine flu
Openly Lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow recovered from swine flu and returned to the air August 27.

"Thanks to the great Alison Stewart for hosting while I had flu," Maddow tweeted. "I'm still a self-pitying half-sentient blob, but I'll be so on TV tonight."

A few days later, appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Maddow said: "I went and I got diagnosed and everything and I got the special swine flu drugs. I'm better. ... I had it. It's over. It's done. ... It is the predominant strain of flu now. First my girlfriend got it and then I got it. It was just like a really stanky flu, and I had to take a week off and Alison Stewart did my show."

Lambda settles with Birmingham over pride banners
Lambda Legal and the city of Birmingham, Ala., settled a federal lawsuit September 1 stemming from Mayor Larry Langford's refusal to let city workers put Gay pride banners on city light posts.

The suit alleged that the city's action interfered with the free speech rights of the organization Central Alabama Pride.

The city will pay legal costs and attorney fees of more than $40,000 and will establish nondiscriminatory written "banner-hanging" regulations, Lambda said.

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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