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100,000th Conversation Announced as Mainers United Celebrates First Anniversary

Post submitted by Karl Bach, Former HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer

At a press conference in Augusta this week, Mainers United for Marriage celebrated the one-year anniversary of the announcement that they would collect signatures to win marriage equality at the ballot this November.  In attendance were the original petition signers, a volunteer who has been part of the door-to-door persuasion work over the past year, and Mainers United campaign manager Matt McTighe.

To celebrate, the campaign released a video highlighting the work that has been going on all across the state:

Even more exciting, the campaign this week reached a huge milestone:  Mainers United volunteers and canvassers have now had 100,000 personal conversations with Mainers about why marriage matters to same-sex couples.   

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said Field Director Amy Mello. “Across the state, our field teams are excited and ready to keep having these conversations until November.”

Over the past months, canvassers have talked one-on-one with an extraordinary 10 percent of Maine voters. These conversations have directly persuaded over 7,600 Mainers to support marriage equality. “One-on-one conversations are the heart of this campaign,” said Campaign Manager Matt McTighe. “Minds are changing every day.”

The Mainers United field team has been working all over the state and will continue this work throughout the summer and fall.

We need your help! If you live in Maine, you can click here to volunteer to have your own conversations!

And no matter where you live, you can make a difference in Maine.  HRC has set up a special fund – HRC Maine Families PAC – to direct 100 percent of your contribution to help win marriage equality in Maine.  Together, we can mobilize the majority of Mainers who support marriage equality and win at the ballot this November.

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