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Mainers United for Marriage Launches

This morning, advocates hoping to win marriage equality in Maine on the November 2012 ballot launched the Mainers United for Marriage campaign.

The campaign rolled out a new action center and campaign manager.  Individuals interested in getting involved can use the campaign’s new action center to sign up to volunteer or stay updated on what is happening in the fight for marriage.

Mainers United will be managed by Matt McTighe, a former HRC staffer who has worked on a wide range of LGBT equality issues during stints at HRC, MassEquality, and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

A marriage equality law was passed by legislators and signed by the governor in Maine in 2009, but was narrowly defeated at the polls that November in a campaign where opponents of equality spent more than $3 million.  Since then, a coalition of groups led by Equality Maine has had tens of thousands of conversations with Mainers about marriage and collected more than 105,000 signatures to place the issue back on the ballot this year.

Recent polling shows strong support for marriage equality among Maine voters.  “A majority of Maine voters say same-sex marriage should be legal, by a 54-41 margin. A plurality of voters (47-32) favor a law that would allow ‘marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring that no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.’”

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