Mainers United for Marriage Campaign Officially Launched

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Video just released of ACLU of Maine Executive Director Shenna Bellows and Legal Director Zach Heiden, discussing the launch of MainersUnited.org and the announcement of Matt McTighe as campaign manager of Mainers United For Marriage.

More on this morning’s announcement, via Bangor Daily News:

“Mainers United for Marriage will build upon the incredible grassroots support that made it possible for our coalition to gather more than 105,000 signatures and place a question on the ballot in November to allow same-sex couples to obtain a marriage license,” Betsy Smith, executive director of EqualityMaine, a member of The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition, said in a press release issued Tuesday morning. “Mainers United for Marriage is the campaign organization that will lead us to victory in November.”

Smith also announced that Matt McTighe of York has agreed to lead Mainers United for Marriage and will serve as the campaign manager.

“Matt knows the marriage issue as well as anyone in the country and he’s been on the ground in Maine for the last two years,”
Smith said. “He is the best person to lead the campaign in Maine. He’s committed to public service, dedicated to winning marriage equality and has the skills and experience necessary to organize and lead an effective statewide campaign.”

McTighe is a longtime advocate for the freedom to marry, according to the press release. While working for the Human Rights Campaign, he helped to defeat the federal marriage amendment. He served as the political director for MassEquality during the Massachusetts marriage campaign. For the last two years, he has been the public education director in Maine for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

“Our goal is to make it possible for all loving couples to have the opportunity to share in the commitment and responsibility of marriage,” McTighe said in the press release. “Public support for allowing same-sex couples to marry is growing in Maine. We’ve seen it in the polls, and we’ve heard it as hundreds of volunteers have had more than 50,000 conversations with people around our state. Hearts and minds are changing.”

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