Maine Passes Anti-Marriage Referendum

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Maine Passes Anti-Marriage Referendum

WASHINGTON - Voters in Maine
yesterday approved a referendum repealing the marriage equality legislation
passed by the state legislature in May.  People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement:

“The results on Question One are deeply disappointing to all
people who care about equal rights for all Americans.  Because of
yesterday’s vote, some Maine
families will still be relegated to second class citizenship, and that hurts
everyone.  In short, the right wing was successful in its campaign to
change the subject away from marriage and towards distortions and scare tactics
about what’s being taught in elementary school classrooms.

“But this is only the beginning.  Regardless of how
yesterday’s vote turned out, the campaign for marriage equality started
an important conversation in Maine
that will continue in the months and years ahead.  More people than ever
are aware of the harm caused by prohibiting some couples from obtaining the
protections of marriage.  The question is when, not if, Maine will ultimately endorse marriage
equality for all people.”

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People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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