Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Why not vacation in Maine this summer?

I’d like to take a moment to point out all the great features of the beautiful state of Maine. When planning your summer vacation this year, why not consider Maine?





Enjoy the pristine waters of Popham Beach




Hike Mount Katahdin





Visit breathtakingly beautiful Acadia National Park.




Did you know you can request a free 2007 Travel Planner, or plan your vacation online?

Yes, today Maine is the most beautiful state in the Nation, and most worthy of our hard-earned vacation dollars.


Maine Tourism
Maine Tourism



Oh and by the way, is this the most attractive man you've ever seen in your life, or what? I mean, come on now. He's smoking.

And this woman is absolutely stunning, you must agree.

Not that I'm so shallow as to place any relevance on physical attractiveness or anything. I'm just saying.



BASTARD NATION PRESS RELEASE

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FREELY!
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!
MAINE RESTORES THE RIGHT OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE ACCESS!
HB 1084 PASSES OVERWHELMINGLY—GOVERNOR SIGNS

Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization congratulates Maine on becoming the fourth state since 1998 to restore the right of original birth certificate access to adult adoptees. Following in the footsteps of Oregon, Alabama, and New Hampshire (Kansas and Alaska never sealed records) Maine’s activist organization OBC for ME has shown that through focus, perseverance, and a refusal to compromise the rights of all for the privilege of a few, that a clean unconditional access bill can be passed. Overwhelmingly passed,

Despite naysayers, on June 18, near the close of the legislative session, the Maine House overrode and over ran the HB’s 1084 “Do Not Pass” recommendation from the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, 104-39. The next day, the Senate followed, passing, the bill 20-15. On June 20, the bill returned to both houses and passed “by the hammer” with no amendments. Bim! Bam! Boom!

Bastard Nation was highly critical of the 2006 records access campaign which began with a clean bill and finished threatened with compromises that made it unrecognizable. This time, OBC for ME (love the name!) ran a mostly under-the-radar operation. Activists emphasized the “localiness” of adoptee rights and the state’s responsibility to its adopted people.

HB 1084 had an extremely strong sponsor, Rep. David Farrington, and the quiet personal lobbying of adoptee Sen. Paula Benoit to shepherd it through with non-partisian support. Benoit’s dignified presentation for records access is credited by friends and foes of access with keeping the debate from the bitterness and acrimony that marked last year’s circus.

Rep. Farrington’s June 18 statement on the House floor ranks him as one of BN’s heroes, though we were not involved in the bill. You can listen to Rep. Farrington and Sen. Benoit and other supporting speakers, along with a bit of anti-adoptee gas baggery (especially from the House side) at http://www.obcforme.org/.

Governor John Baldacci signed the bill on Monday, June, 25, 2007. It will take effect on January 1, 2009 and gives anyone adopted in Maine 18 and older, upon request, the right to their original birth certificate.

Bastard Nation salutes the come-backs kids of Maine! And we thank those legislators who agreed to undo the wrong done to Maine’s adoptees in 1953 when their records were sealed from them. Other states take note: You can win without compromising your principles and the rights adopted persons. Maine rocks!


Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization
PO Box 1469
Edmond, OK 73083-1469
415-704-3166
email: bn@bastards.org
www.bastards.org
www.myspace.com/bnadopteerights

3 complaints from ingrates:

Andie D. June 27, 2007 at 9:28 AM  

YES!

They are hot and you are hot and freakin' Maine is HOOOOOOOOT!

I LOVE MAINE!

Erika June 27, 2007 at 12:37 PM  

always thought maine was a quaint place.

but upon reading this,

MAINE ROCKS!

judy June 27, 2007 at 2:24 PM  

Wild blueberries
lobster
whale watching
progressive adoption laws

what more could you ask for?

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