Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Southern Maine Labor Council voted this week to endorse a "yes" vote on Question 1 on the November ballot, which asks voters if they want to allow the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
The labor council, led by the AFL-CIO of Maine, said they were proud to make the endorsement.
"Same-sex couples are working alongside us all over the state," said Alan Ray Churchill, council president. "These couples deserve the protections and responsibilities that only come with marriage."
The endorsement is no surprise, given the Maine Education Association has already expressed support for gay marriage. But just as candidates trickle out endorsements throughout the campaign, both sides are sure to do the same as they try to build momentum heading toward November.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the position of the Maine State Employees Association, which has not taken a stance on gay marriage.Tweet
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
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Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
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Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
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Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
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