December 29, 2012

Town offices should offer equal not special rights

Morning Sentinel Staff

I could say shame on Maine for allowing gay marriage, but I have to say shame on some Maine towns taking advantage of the gay marriage vote. These towns are opening their doors to city hall on a Saturday to allow citizens to get a marriage license on the first day gay marriage becomes legal.

The so-called supporters to pass this law claimed they were not seeking "special rights," but equal rights. I've never seen any city hall open on a Saturday before to anyone else that wanted a marriage license or any other service. Those people that work all week would love to come to the town for services on a Saturday, but usually have to take time off work to do that. Smart people know that the towns are doing this so they can attempt to get the soon to be announced "First town in Maine to issue a marriage license to a gay couple." Shame on the towns for using taxpayer money to pay for these services without at least having a town meeting about it.

Shame on any town that is showing a shortage of funds for their budget, yet think it's OK to spend money for something that could wait until a regular business day.

The most shame goes to any gay couple that takes advantage of these "special rights" being offered to them when they fought hard for "equal rights." I can't wait to see the news on this huge event, so then I, and others, will see who we thought wanted equal rights are nothing more than hypocrites.

Randy Newcombe


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