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Maine Support for Marriage Equality Remains High

According to the Public Policy Polling, Mainers still largely support marriage equality and have seen little impact on their lives since the state affirmed same-sex couples right to marriage in November.
 
Its been three weeks since marriage equality took effect in Maine, and public support remains high, according to Public Policy Polling.
 
Fifty-three percent of Maine voters polled said they support marriage equality since the law went into effect on Dec. 29, 2012.

Additionally 78 percent of Maine voters said that the legalization of same-sex marriage has not had an adverse impact on their lives.
 
The opinions in poll reflect the growing momentum toward equality across the country.  A solid majority of Americans nationwide – 53 percent – support marriage equality.
 
“For all the debate over the years, it’s turning out not to be a big deal for the vast majority of voters in the state,” said Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam.
 
With our recent victories in Maine, Maryland and Washington state, nearly 16 percent ofAmericans are living in states with laws that recognize or will soon recognize marriage equality. Depending on the U.S. Supreme Court's action regarding the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, California could very soon join that list, majorly increasing the percentage of Americans living in states with marriage equality.

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