By the time this goes live, I will be arriving in Portland for the event with Govonor Baldacci and many others… expect updates tomorrow.  🙂




Here is a press release from No On 1's Jesse Connolly:




Statement from NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality on the Certification of Petitions to Block Maine’s Marriage Equality Law, Official Order for November 3rd Referendum

Portland, Maine (Wednesday, September 2, 2009)—NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality issued the following statement from campaign manager Jesse Connolly in response to the certification today by the Maine Secretary of State of petitions submitted by opponents to overturn Maine’s marriage equality law.  Governor John Baldacci also signed an order officially setting November 3rd as the date for the statewide referendum.

 “There's no surprise here.  Everyone knew marriage equality would be challenged by a referendum and that's why our allies began having conversations with Mainers three years ago.  We now have nearly 80,000 Mainers who have pledged their support for equality.

“This was a quarter-of-a-million dollar signature effort by a Michigan firm, and it highlights the stark differences in our campaigns.  Their's is a cynical, pay-for-every signature approach that doesn't reflect the homegrown values of our state.

“By contrast, we have put our trust in the common sense and fair mindedness of our friends, neighbors and co-workers.  And that's why we believe voters will reject Question 1 because here in Maine, we believe everyone should be allowed to live their lives and be treated equally under the law.”




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