If you watched the national news last night, you know that a bill allowing gay marriage passed the house and senate, and was signed into law by Maine's Catholic governor. Proponents made arguments that convinced the elected officials, that civil marriages (not just civil "unions") recognized by the state were necessary to provide gay couples with basic rights, like the right of co-ownership, passing property without probate, hospital visitations, shared insurances, etc. Opponents of the measure generally resorted to calling the measure "immoral", "against god's will", and "threatening the sanctity of REAL marriage". We can expect a petition drive to fire up immediately to put a "people's veto" on the ballot next spring. With nothing else pressing on the ballot, the Christian Right thinks that they can motivate their constituents to go to the polls to undo the will of the people's elected representatives. Look for a messy fight on this one.