After losing 32 times at the ballot box, same- sex marriage advocates scored a victory Tuesday when Maine voters legalized gay and lesbian marriages.
“Now, the commitment gay and lesbian couples have made in life will be respected equally under the law, celebrated before their loved ones, and called what it is: marriage,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of the pro-same-sex marriage group Freedom to Marry.
“It’s hard to overstate the national significance of this vote,” said Solomon, a former organizer in California. “For years, our opponents have argued that we could not win a majority vote at the ballot. Today, Maine voters proved them wrong, standing up for the golden rule and for freedom for all Mainers.”