June 28, 2011
By Adam Bink
I received this e-mail yesterday from Equality Maine:
By now, you’ve heard the inspiring news — our friends in New York have won the freedom to marry!
Congratulations to the coalition in New York that worked to secure this victory. EqualityMaine was proud to support this effort by mobilizing our volunteers to contact New Yorkers and urge them to call their legislators in support of the marriage bill.
This important victory in New York generates wind in the sails of the national movement to win marriage, and more specifically, of our efforts here in Maine.
Let the celebration of what New York achieved serve as a reminder that our movement is strong — and that state-by-state, we will win the freedom to marry for all Americans.
To that end, stay tuned later this week for an important announcement about winning marriage in Maine.
Word has it that advocates are expected to announce signature-gathering efforts (they need 57,000) to go back to the ballot in Maine to overturn the 2009 decision, which invalidated the law legalizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. The signature-gathering is not likely to be the toughest part, but rather the financial effort and actually winning at the ballot.