Dill reaffirms support for same-sex marriage

8:05 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A recent decision by the national Democratic party to include same-sex marriage support as part of the party platform at the convention next month has Maine's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate reaffirming her support for the issue.

At a news conference in Portland Wednesday, Cynthia Dill said recent support at the national level for same-sex marriage could have meaning in November when Maine voters head to the polls.

Dill says she's confident things have changed since Maine voters repealed same-sex marriage back in 2009, and she says support for the issue by President Obama and the national Democratic party could make a difference in November.

"This is an important issue.  It's an important issue to Mainers obviously, and it's an important issue to America, and I stand with the president and the Democrats in supporting marriage equality," Dill said.

In statements released Wednesday from the two other major candidates for U.S. Senate, Crystal Canney, a spokesperson for Independent candidate Angus King, said, "Angus has supported marriage equality from the beginning."

Jen Webber, a spokesperson for Republican candidate Charlie Summers, said, "Charlie personally believes marriage is between a man and a woman.  But the marriage issue is not a federal issue at this time, and it will ultimately be decided as it should be, by Maine voters through the referendum process."

The referendum question on same-sex marriage will go before Maine voters in November.


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