Wednesday, March 12, 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
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