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Maine Makes History with Popular Vote Affirming Marriage Equality

Mainers United for Marriage; marriage equality; same-sex marriagePost submitted by Dan Rafter, former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We’re watching history in the making tonight. For the first time ever, voters have affirmed marriage equality for loving, committed same-sex couples. Upon news that voters in Maine passed marriage equality by popular vote, HRC President Chad Griffin made the following statement:

“This is a landmark election for marriage equality and we will forever look back at this year as a critical turning point in the movement for full citizenship for LGBT people. Voters in Maine came to the common-sense conclusion that all people deserve the ability to make loving, lifelong commitments through marriage.

“We are thrilled for all Maine families and for the dedicated campaign that led this effort through to the end.  As we celebrate victory tonight we know we have added momentum to ensure that this victory is soon felt in every corner of this country.  Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality and the numbers continue to grow every single day.

“Mainers United for Marriage ran a stellar campaign under the leadership of Matt McTighe and HRC has been proud to have been a part of this fight since the beginning.”

HRC has contributed more than $800,000 to advance marriage equality in Maine, sent 85,000 emails to supporters of marriage equality, recruited several hundred volunteers and sent staff to work on the campaign.

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