Maine’s gay marriage backers introduce supporters
The coalition spearheading a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine said Wednesday that it has gained new supporters representing members of the clergy and faith communities. Mainers United for Marriage said at a press conference that 350 members of the clergy representing 20 different denominations in 158 Maine towns are supporting the referendum to allow same-sex weddings in Maine. The issue will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. One of the coalition’s partners includes Jewish and Christian groups involving Baptists, Catholics, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Quakers, Unitarians, and 12 other denominations. Religious groups, however, remain divided over the question, as they were when Maine voters repealed a gay marriage law in 2009. Protect Marriage Maine, which opposes the referendum, says it has the support of religious groups.