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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 11:02 AM
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Someone in Maine needs to file a lawsuit in federal court against the referendum vote.
The argument is the 14th. Amendment which denies a state from providing 'equal protection of laws'. This worked in the state of Maine on a twice referendum rejected granting of voting rights to the mentally ill.

http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/36/20/2...
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Craftsman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 11:05 AM
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1. The down side is if it hits the Supreme court there is a better then 50% chance Gays would lose
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 11:10 AM by Craftsman
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 11:11 AM
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2. Won't it take years to get to the SCOTUS? By then, we could have a different court.
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Craftsman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 11:21 AM
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4. Alot of things can happen
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 11:12 AM
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3. It can only go to the USSC if they cite the Federal Constitution.
If they only cite the STATE Constitution, then it can't be appealed out of the state.

At least, that's what I remember hearing when we did this in Massachusetts.

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