Maine

In Maine marriage advocates submitted signatures to the Secretary of State in an effort to get marriage on the ballot in November 2012.

Here is some history from Freedom to Marry.

In 2009, Maine State Legislature passed a freedom to marry bill that was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci. Anti-gay groups immediately began collecting signatures to repeal the bill at the ballot. After months of an intensive campaign, the voters of Maine repealed the freedom to marry by a 53% to 47% margin.

Since the loss in 2009, advocates including Equality Maine, Freedom to Marry and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have worked to increase support for marriage in Maine through public education campaigns and conversations with voters across the state. The work is paying off with public support growing from 47% to 54%.

Advocates are now working to proactively pass the freedom to marry through a ballot measure.

More information can be found at Why Marriage Matters Maine. Why Marriage Matters Alabama supports their effort, and thanks WMMM for being the inspiration behind the concept of Why Marriage Matters Alabama.

Jim Ryan and Steve Bishop, together for 37 years, advocates for equality in Maine. Picture from Why Marriage Matters Maine.

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