Mainers Rally in Support of ‘Yes on 1’
September 11, 2012 by Guest contributor
This post comes from Meagan Dobson, communications coordinator for Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign working to win marriage equality in Maine.
As momentum continues toward Election Day, hundreds of supporters gathered yesterday in support of a “Yes” vote on Question 1 in November.
The kick-off rally at Portland City Hall drew a huge crowd of nearly 500 people who gathered to hear several speakers tell their stories of why marriage matters to all loving, committed couples and what it means to them personally.
Speakers included: Will Brewster, a retired Episcopal priest, Pastor Michael Gray of Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Campaign Manager Matt McTighe, Canvasser and Faith Organizer Amelia Nugent and Sarah Dowling who hopes to marry her long-time partner Linda Wolf.
“There’s no question in our minds that civil unions or domestic partnerships simply aren’t enough,” Brewster said. “They are no substitute for the lifetime commitment and enduring bond of marriage, which makes all families stronger.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan welcomed the Yes on 1 rally to Portland, and spoke about how his support for marriage is consistent with his Catholic faith. In fact, Mayor Brennan is a founding member of Catholics for Marriage Equality.
The heightened excitement was felt both in public yesterday as well as within our office walls. Campaign bumper stickers, t-shirts and hats are now available at www.mainersunited.org/store. Lawn signs are available at campaign offices around the state. Don’t forget to text “MAINE” to 63566 to get continued campaign updates.
See below for more photos from the Portland Event!
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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