In 2009, Maine became the first state to in the country to pass a marriage bill through its Legislature and have it signed by its Governor. Shortly after the bill passed, the opposition launched a People’s Veto referendum campaign, similar to California’s Prop 8, to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in Maine. The referendum passed by only a 5% margin, repealed the state bill, and dealt marriage equality supporters a devastating blow.
Now, with just two weeks until the election, it’s crunch time for the Mainers United For Marriage 2012 same-sex marriage campaign. And they’ve got New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg on their side. Bloomberg is so dedicated to marriage equality, he has pledged $500,000 of his own fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington. The catch: he needs your help.
Bloomberg challenges Maine voters to join him in his support for Mainers United For Marriage. For the next four days, the NYC mayor is offering a dollar-for-dollar match for every single dollar raised up to $125,000 to help all Mainers win the right and freedom to marry. Bloomberg states, “The 14th Amendment guarantees us all equal protection under the law, and that’s what voting Yes on Question 1 would do: treat all citizens equally under the law, while protecting religious liberty at the same time.”
So if you’re voting Yes on 1 (i.e. voting in support of same-sex marriage), join Bloomberg by contributing today.