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Poll shows Maine voters approve of gay marriage

Same sex marriage approval reaches 58 percent in Maine
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A new poll shows that Maine voters are getting behind gay couples getting married. According  to a survey, conducted by the Maine People's Resource Center, 58 percent support same sex marriage being legal in the state.

'This result is slightly higher than but does not represent a statistically significant difference from the results of two other recent public polls,' the center noted in its press release.

This upcoming November, Maine voters will have a second chance at marriage equality. In 2009, after a marriage bill was approved by both houses of the state legislature, it failed with residents; 53 percent against and 47 percent in favor.

Despite this,  gay marriage advocates think the tenor of the state has changed.

'More and more people in Maine are coming to understand that loving, committed same-sex couples should not be denied the freedom to marry,'  said Pastor Michael Gray of Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church.

Thus far, this has been a banner year for marriage equality in the United States. In February, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a gay marriage bill into law; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley did the same a month later.

An appeals court recently found that California's Proposition 8, which bans marriages in that state, is unconstitutional while another court found the US Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Gay and lesbian couples can marry in the District of Columbia, New York, Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.

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