Would Less Gov. Les Otten Have Signed the Same-Sex Marriage Bill?

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Would Less Gov. Les Otten Have Signed the Same-Sex Marriage Bill?

Wednesday morning, July 1, on WVOM's "George Hale/Ric Tyler" Show, George Hale asked Les Otten if he, as Maine’s governor, would have signed the same-sex marriage law. Listen to Mr. Otten's answer: [17 seconds]

bob emrich
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Well, he is out. Does he

Well, he is out.
Does he think he is going to be able to avoid the question?!?

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I was told, although I can't

I was told, although I can't confirm yet, that Mr. Otten told Ray Richardson on WLOB this a.m. that he would veto the same-sex marriage bill.

Ray? Are you out there?

Thank you,
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Dan Billings
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Amateur hour continues.

Amateur hour continues.

Ray Richardson
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I aksed Les Otten point blank

I aksed Les Otten point blank this morning if he were Governor, would he sign into law or veto the same-sex marriage bill.

Les said (and this is pretty close to a direct quote) "I would have vetoed the bill. I am a Jew and I believe in the first five books of the Bible. Marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe in equality for all and support civil unions for man-to-man unions and woman-to-woman unions, but I believe marriage is between one man and one woman so I would have vetoed the law."

He was on to talk about the website issue and my comments about Arden Manning. After he answered the gay marriage question, Ted said, "I guess that won't make the Democrats happy either."

Dan Billings
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That makes it even

That makes it even worse.

What changed between July 1st and July 2nd?

Obviously someone told him that his answer yesterday was not going to fly.

Bogus.

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My first thought when I saw

My first thought when I saw this thread was that if he were playing politics here, he had it bass-ackwards, since the Portland audience would be far more receptive to the answer the post here says he gave to Bangor, and vice-versa. However, then I listened to the clip itself.

Am I missing something? I'm not hearing a question OR answer about whether he would have signed the law.

What I heard was him saying if he were governor, he would "enforce the laws as they were written". In my mind, that is pretty much the job of the governor, is it not?

He, in fact, said that he was not going to talk about what his position is/was on the matter.

Unless this is just a clip of what he said. Is there more to the statement?

My sense of the two answers is that he gave the first -- evasive -- response, and once his campaign manager explained to him that he was going to have to respond to the question, he did so.

I do have a problem with a person who claims to be a man of faith did not feel the need to state immediately what his position is, but maybe that's just me...

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