BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Bangor City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to support same-sex marriage. Wednesday night the councilors proposed the position and welcomed public opinion.
Bangor resident, Cara Pelletier, spoke in support of the resolution, "It's nice to see that the city recognizes that our love is equal to the other loving, committed couples who live in Bangor."
The resolution was introduced by Councilor Joe Baldacci, but almost all councilors took a moment to speak in support.
Councilor Patricia Blanchette said, "I just hope this referendum puts this issue to bed permanently and that people will stop passing opinions and judgments on people when they don't really know what's going on."
City councilors cited two reasons for the resolve. First, cities issue marriage licenses and are directly involved with the issue. Councilors also want this to demonstrate Bangor's support for equal rights.
Councilor Baldacci said, "It's important to let people know we are trying to help make people's lives better by allowing them full freedom and equality."
In 2009, the Bangor City Council passed a similar referendum supporting marriage equality.