"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.
"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.
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"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
- Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers.