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November 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Marriage equality vote a dead heat in Maine

Today, four states vote on marriage equality. In Maine, the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination is hoping for a victory. UWEE spoke with their Executive Director, Lucky Hollander.

PORTLAND, Me. — Lucky Hollander walked into the Portland coffee shop like a woman on a mission. Because she was.

As Executive Director of Maine’s Religious Coalition Against Discrimination (RCAD), Hollander has been criss-crossing the state all year, encouraging leaders in faith communities to have what RCAD calls, “courageous conversations” about marriage equality.

“Even if a pastor or a rabbi is supporting of marriage equality, if they don’t take leadership and speak publicly, their conflicted congregants will not be able to make a decision,” said Hollander. “Their silence is more damaging to their congregation than hosting a ‘courageous conversation.’”

I interviewed Hollander in August. Today is November 6. Maine votes today on marriage equality—one of four states, including Washington, with marriage equality legislation on the ballot—and the race appears to be a dead heat.

That was August. Maine’s Yes on 1 campaign was polling at 57%. When I pointed this out, Hollander reminded me that three years ago the polling numbers were similar in August when Maine ultimately voted down a referendum to support marriage equality.

Today could mark the end of her mission as Maine votes on marriage equality. The state with the “I Lead” motto is one of four states, including Washington, with marriage equality legislation on the ballot.

Maine polls close tonight at 8:00 P.M EST.

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