May 10, 2012

Gays in Maine delighted, marriage foes unmoved by Obama's stance

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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Donna Galluzzo of Portland, in front, says she and Lisa Gorney recently got engaged in hopes that they will soon be able to marry legally in Maine. Voters will decide in November whether to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

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But McTighe isn't sure it will swing votes in Maine, because for many people it's a such a personal issue.

The president serves "as an example to others who are truly struggling" with their decision on the issue, he said.

The battle in Maine will be hard-fought, with at least three groups already formed to oppose gay marriage. In 2009, the two sides spent a total of $9.6 million to influence voters. Similar amounts are expected to be raised and spent this year.

One member of Maine's congressional delegation, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree, issued a statement praising the president for expressing support for gay marriage.

"It's wonderful that President Obama has taken a position that I and millions of other Americans have long held -- that marriage is a basic human right that all Americans deserve," she said. "As the fight for marriage equality continues here in Maine and around the country, President Obama has sent a clear and strong message that all marriages deserve equal protection."

Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority share owner of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel. 

State House Writer Susan Cover can be contacted at 620-7015 or at: scover@mainetoday.com

 

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