In November, residents of Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington will face a marriage question on the ballot. The first in a four-part series called ”Marriage for All Families” highlights the stories of gay couples from Maine as told by actual gay couples.
Last week, the AP noted a total lack of gay people in television advertising meant to promote gay marriage, opting instead to feature straight friends and family members. “Marriage for All Families” breaks the mold with real, live gay people speaking for themselves.
Meredith and Annie, a couple from Portland, have been together for ten years, or a third of their lives. Annie’s declaration should be reason enough to support marriage for same-sex couples: “I want to get married because I love Meredith.”
Together for 37 years, Jim and Steve are counting on Mainers to do the right thing. “We feel very confident that Maine will give us the right to marry,” says Steve, “and that could be as soon as November.”
23-year-old Mick, the token straight guy in the slot and a campaign volunteer, talks about why marriage matters to him. “If you vote for one thing, vote ‘Yes’ on 1,” he says.
With the most recent public opinion polls showing majority support, Maine is poised to become the first state to enact marriage equality through a public initiative.