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November 4, 2009

GLAD Statement on Passage of Maine Question 1

GLAD Deplores Rejection of Marriage Equality for Maine Same-Sex Couples

Yesterday Mainers voted to overturn the marriage equality law that would have enable the state’s same-sex couples to marry.  Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which worked on both the legislative and ballot campaign, released this statement:

“Today, Maine’s same-sex couples and all their supporters are experiencing a world of hurt and pain. Same-sex couples have been denied full equality and full citizenship in their state.  They have been told to remain outside. They must explain this vote to their children.  At some point soon, we will all have to pick ourselves up and fight again.

We can all be proud of the fight.  This campaign was run smartly, strategically, with heart and with broad and generous support from across the country.  I salute every person who has given him or herself, every campaign staffer, every volunteer, every donor, every Maine couple who told their story.  We all grew stronger together, and one day, very soon, we will win.”

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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England's leading legal organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.