Baldacci spaghetti suppers to promote same sex marriage as an equal right

BY RAMONA DU HOUX

October 15th, 2012 

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Gov. John Baldacci serves up spaghetti at a supper he hosted in 2009 for same sex marriage. Proceeds went to charities for the homeless. On Oct 17 – in Bangor, and Oct 26- in Portland, new suppers will be held for YES ON ONE, same sex marriage. photo by Ramona du Houx

Two Baldacci spaghetti suppers will be held to raise the awareness of question 1, hosted by former Governor John Baldacci. For years the Baldacci family ran an Italian restaurant in Bangor. Momma Baldacci’s became a meeting place known for its food, conversation, and community atmosphere. To highlight issues the Baldacci’s started charity spaghetti dinners.

When John Baldacci ran for office he would put on spaghetti suppers around the state. They soon became a hallmark of his campaigns and all proceeds went to help a local charity.

“I’m very committed to this issue because I believe in civil same-sex marriage,” said former Governor John Baldacci. “I know how important it is for Mainers to stand up against discrimination. My way to get involved was with these fundraisers. All I asked was that all the proceeds go to charity so that we put others before politics.”

In 2009, the Maine Legislature passed and Baldacci signed into law a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry in Maine. It was repealed the following November and now is back on the ballot.

The spaghetti suppers will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, in Bangor and at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St. in Portland. The donations will go towards homeless charities.
The suppers are sponsored by Catholics for Marriage Equality and the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination.