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Victory in Maine--Marriage Equality at the Polls


Question: Victory in Maine--Marriage Equality at the Polls
For the first time in history a state has won marriage equality at the ballot box. Maine will be the next state to allow gay marriage. 54% of voters in Maine voted to support Question 1 and legalize gay marriage.

Background on Gay Marriage in Maine

Voters in Maine voted for the second time on same-sex marriage and marriage equality in 2012. In May 2009 the Maine Legislature approved a bill that would have made same-sex marriage legal there. The Governor signed the bill and it was to have gone into effect in September 2009. But anti-gay marriage activists collected enough signatures to put the measure up for a public vote and on November 3, 2009, voters in Maine chose not to allow same-sex marriage.

The issue was put before the voters again in 2012.

Answer: This time, instead of fighting to defend against gay marriage opponents, gay rights groups in Maine have decided to be proactive and to see if voters will vote to allow same-sex couples to marry in that state.

The wording of Question One is as follows:

"Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"

A YES vote will make same-sex marriage legal in Maine. The law is worded in such a way that no clergy or religious person shall be required to perform a marriage against his or her religious beliefs.

A NO vote will not change Maine law, since same sex marriage is not allowed in the state of Maine currently.

Question 1 Results

Question 1 passed in the state of Maine 54% to 46%. Gay marriage will be legal in the state of Maine.
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