Mainers United Campaign Passes 100,000 Conversations, $1 Million in Fundraising

Posted on July 1, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Mainers United for Marriage, the coalition to win the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in Maine, announced Thursday that it has surpassed two significant milestones.

“From the very beginning, our campaign has been focused on having one-on-one conversations with Mainers about why marriage matters for all families,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United. “As of this week, we’ve now had more than 100,000 personal conversations with Mainers, and the growing level of support we’ve encountered has mirrored the increased support we’re seeing in public polls.”

The conversations have taken place in more than 565 towns and townships around Maine.

The campaign also announced that it has collected in donations and pledges more than $1 million, which includes support from more than 4,000 Mainers. About 64 percent of all the donations have come from Mainers.

The announcements were made as part of an event recognizing the one-year anniversary of the drive to place “An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom” on the ballot this November as a citizen’s initiative.

“One year ago, we gathered on the steps of City Hall in Lewiston and began our effort to win the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in Maine,” said Michael Gray, the lead signer on the citizen’s initiative petition and the pastor of Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church. “Since that day, we have come so far. But as we look back today over an incredible year and celebrate many successes, we know that our biggest test is still ahead. That for all that we have accomplished – and there is much to be proud of – there is more work to do.”

The campaign also released a new video, showing volunteers in action around the state.

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