PORTLAND, Maine — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Maine is thanking the state’s voters for repealing the state’s gay marriage law.
Unofficial tallies from 87 percent of Maine’s precincts show the side that called for a people’s veto with 52.7 percent of the vote.
Bishop Richard Malone issued a statement Wednesday in which he thanked Mainers for protecting and reaffirming marriage as it’s been understood “for millennia by civilizations and religions around the world.” Malone also said respect and acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation is not a point of controversy.
Rea Carey of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says that despite Tuesday’s loss, the tide is turning nationwide in favor of marriage equality. Carey says her group believes Maine will join states that extend security and legal protections to gay couples.