With public opinion polls showing majority support, Maine is poised to become the first state to enact marriage equality through a public initiative. On November 6th, Mainers face Question 1, “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”
In 2009, the Maine legislature passed marriage equality legislation and former Governor John Baldacci signed the measure into law. Voters subsequently repealed that law in a referendum. At the time, polls indicated strong support for marriage equality and the repeal came as a surprise. This year, advocates for same-sex marriage once again raise their hopes high on favorable poll numbers.
A new ad released by Mainers United for Marriage highlights four volunteer firefighters. ”These guys are all straight,” says Ryan Michel. “So when I joined the department, I wondered how a brotherhood so tight like that would be accepting of someone who is gay.”
“The brotherhood that we have is not the straight fireman’s brotherhood. It’s the firemen’s brotherhood,” says fellow firefighter Andrew Shea.
Adds Dave Lorandeau, “If a guy works hard and does his job, I’m not going to judge him and we’re not going to judge him either.”
With a message sure to resonate with Mainers, Eric Humphrey says, “When we clear a call, I get to go home to my wife. The guys I work with should be able to marry the person they love. We’re voting ‘Yes’ on 1.”
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