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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
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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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