Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"On May 6th, Maine made history when we became the first state in the country to pass a marriage bill through the legislature and have it signed by its governor. Now we’re in the fight of our lives to defend that law," states an email from Maine Freedom to Marry's executive director Betsy Smith.
"Our opponents are working to place a measure on the ballot that would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. They are in full swing gathering signatures and we fully expect them to qualify for the November ballot.
"We spent the last six weeks starting to build the kind of campaign that must do what no other state has ever done—win marriage at the ballot box.
"I am pleased to announce that today we launch our Maine Freedom to Marry campaign, along with our coalition partners, to protect marriage for all Maine families."
The new website offers many opportunities to get involved in the effort to keep marriage equality in Maine legal: mobilizing your county, listing of events, signing the pledge to vote NO on the ban, donating and staying informed through their Facebook page and Twitter.
There's not a lot of time to defend our freedom to marry. Unlike California, Maine's referendum is this November, 2009. And if we're successful in protecting our rights at the ballot, it will be a turning point in history for it will be the first time ever that marriage equality will win with public support through a vote. It can mark a change for all voter referendums to come.
Be a part of history. Get involved.