Supporters of same-sex marriage are vowing to keep up their fight, after voters in Maine yesterday rejected a law allowing such unions.
Stunned and upset advocates of gay rights gathered on the steps of Portland's City Hall today for a news conference.
"It seems in the end Mainers are not ready to treat these families fairly," an emotional Betsy Smith, executive director of Maine Equality, told the crowd.
"Having the protections and the law, as well as the respect and dignity that comes only with marriage is a journey on which we will continue," Smith said.
With 87 percent of precincts reporting as of this morning, the campaign to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law won with 53 percent of the vote versus 47 percent opposed to the ballot measure, according to unofficial results compiled by the Bangor Daily News.
"The institution of marriage has been preserved in Maine and across the nation," Frank Schubert, chief organizer for the winning side, Yes on 1/Stand for Marriage Maine said last night.
Maine now joins 30 other states where voters have rejected same-sex marriage.
Five states – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Iowa – have legalized such unions. But all did so through the courts or legislation, not by popular vote.
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Tonight on 360°, we'll look at what's next in the aftermath of the Maine vote.
We'll also look at the other election results. The GOP won the governorship in Virginia and New Jersey. Democrats were victorious in a bitter House race in upstate New York, taking a seat that had been in Republican-control since 1872, when Ulysses S. Grant was president. We'll look at why voters seemed to vote the way they did yesterday and what it says about politics in America.
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