Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Abbott was one of a second wave of Republicans to announce their support for same-sex marriage today.
At press conferences in Portland and Bangor, Abbott, who finished fourth in a seven-way primary in 2010, said in a statement that as a Republican, he believes in personal responsibility.
"Allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license will make our communities stronger and will make thousands of families more secure," he said. "Marriage promotes values such as stability, commitment and responsibility that we can all support."
Others making the new list were Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and former state Rep. Ken Lindell, R-Frankfort. Lindell described himself as a "libertarian Republican."
"Thousands of gay and lesbian couples are being denied the opportunity to enter into a legally recognized union," he said, according to a statement provided by Mainers United for Marriage.
Supporters and opponents of gay marriage will gather in Portland tonight for a debate sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law. And if you missed last night's debate in Bangor on WABI, it's now on the TV station website.Tweet
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