No state has ever approved gay marriage at the polls. Gay marriage advocates and opponents have poured into Maine in an effort to either break the streak or keep it intact Tuesday. November 2, Maine residents will have their say Tuesday in the nationwide debate over gay marriage. Voters there will decide whether or not to uphold a law that was signed in May allowing gay couples to legally wed.
Maine Gay Marriage Vote Looks Tight
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Voters rejected a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. The repeal comes just six months after the measure was passed by the Maine legislature and signed by the Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. Maine would have been the sixth state in the country to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, but instead becomes the 31st state to oppose the unions in a popular vote. With 87 percent of precincts reporting as of 2 a. Marc Mutty, campaign manager for Stand for Marriage Maine which opposed gay marriages, claimed victory at a rally in Portland just after midnight.
Stakes high in Maine's vote on gay marriage
Supporters of the Protect Maine Equality campaign hold signs prior to a debate on referendum Question 1, the proposal to rescind the Legislature's approval of same-sex marriage, Wednesday, Oct. Robert F. Today, November 3, the people of Maine will decide whether to keep a law, passed just six months ago, that made Maine the fifth state of six to legalize gay marriage. Polls are predicting a nail-biting finish, with the most recent showing those in favor of repeal ahead by 51 to 47 percent, effectively a tie the poll has a 2. With early voting already underway, both sides are ramping up their campaigns to reach out to Maine's voters and to ensure strong turnouts in this unusually intense off-year campaign.
Gay marriage was put to a vote in Maine on Tuesday in a closely watched referendum that gay-rights activists across the country hoped would prove for the first time that their cause can prevail at the ballot box. Voters had to decide whether to repeal or affirm a state law that would allow gay couples to wed. The law was passed by the Legislature in May but never took effect because of a petition drive by conservatives. Early returns showed a close contest, as had been forecast.