Milestone for Maine Marriage Equality
August 8, 2012 by Guest contributor
Matt McTighe is the campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign working to win marriage equality in Maine.
One-on-one conversations are the heart of the campaign to win marriage equality in Maine. To date, we’ve spoken with more than 135,000 Mainers about why marriage matters.
These conversations are paying off in a big way. We’ve persuaded more than 10,000 Mainers to be more supportive of marriage equality!
It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding. We meet a lot of people who feel conflicted about the issue.
One of our canvassers recently spoke with an 89-year-old veteran from Bangor who didn’t know anyone who was gay. After Amy, the canvasser, spoke with him about his service, she told him about a fellow canvasser named Chad who served in the Iraq war and who was gay. This man and Chad had both fought to protect freedom for the people they love. Amy found common ground in their shared values, and the veteran told her he would probably vote in favor of marriage equality in November.
Our 10,000 is a great milestone – but with less than 90 days left before Election Day, there are many more conversations to be had!
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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