Assuming that the question does go out to Maine citizens at some point or another, pro-marriage activists have the advantage of a somewhat well-oiled populace. After all, this is the same mass of voters that has considered (or elected leaders to consider) such questions as discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, insurance benefits for same-sex partners, and adoption rights for gay families. Advocates can only hope that Mainers will see the same light when it comes to gay marriage.
"The people in this state, who elect the legislature in Augusta, have been grappling with these issues for years," Bonauto says. "They understand that the status quo is not acceptable. Many people know in their hearts where this issue has to end up."
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