Voters Overturn Marriage Equality in Maine, US

4 Nov 2009

The battle for marriage equality took a hard hit today. Yesterday voters in Maine stripped marriage away from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

"In the long march to full equality, today we pause to grieve with and for the families and children who have temporarily lost the promise of equality under Maine law. Our freedoms have been stripped away, but we must and will win them back. When the rawness of our pain and grief lessens, LGBT families will do what they do so naturally -- stand together and tell our stories. Connecting with other families has always been the key to educating, dreaming and inspiring hope which will lead to the changing of enough hearts and minds to win our freedom. Our visibility as LGBT families is strong and providing positive results nationwide. The fight will continue and we will again make marriage a reality for our families in Maine." - Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director
Family Equality Council.

While this is a disappointing initial result, the fight for LGBT equality will continue. Family Equality Council will continue to fight with LGBT families for full equality until it is achieved across the U.S.

"And I'm proud of this campaign because the stories we told and the images we shared were of real Mainers -- parents who stood up for their children, and couples who simply wanted to marry the person they love" said Jesse Connolly, Campaign Manager, NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality.

Article taken from Family Equality Council.