At a press conference, Mainers United for Marriage announced the launch of Republicans United for Marriage, a group of Republicans who have pledged their support for the freedom to marry, and have promised a “Yes” vote in November.
“Allowing all loving, committed couples to marry isn’t about political parties. Across Maine, Republicans, Democrats and Independents are working together to support the freedom to marry,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “Our campaign is about talking to one another, building bridges and finding common ground. We’re proud to welcome Republicans United for Marriage to our campaign.”
Recent polling shows broad support for allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. Through more than 112,000 one-on-one conversations, Maine voters are telling the campaign that they are changing their minds.
Other prominent Republicans present included: Amy Abbott, Portland; Greg Boulos, Cape Elizabeth; Brenda Garrand, Portland; Jim Nicholson, Waterville; Ted O’Meara, South Portland; Rep. Dave Richardson, Carmel; James Shaffer, Cape Elizabeth; Gordon Smith, Winthrop; Betsy Tipper, Smithfield; and Karl Turner, Cumberland.