Gay Marriage Up 19 Points in Maine, Says Poll


A new poll shows that 55 percent of Mainers support legalizing same-sex marriage, and what is even more exciting, marriage equality has a 19 point lead.

The WBUR poll released Monday took a sample of 506 likely voters and showed that 55% of that sample supported legalizing marriage at the ballot box, 36% oppose it and 9% don’t know or refused to answer the question.

This is in line with other polls that have demonstrated at least 53% of voters backing the ballot move.

The demographic breakdown showed that a majority of Democrats and independents favor the measure, while Republicans continue to oppose it.

The poll was conducted June 13-14, 2012 through live telephone interviews via both land line and cell phone using conventional registration based sampling procedures. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.4% with a 95% level of confidence. The poll is sponsored by Boston area’s public radio station WBUR.

Interestingly, the question asked in this poll was the following:

“Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”

However, the Maine Secretary of State’s office released the proposed ballot question last week, and it appears without the religious exemptions caveat:

“Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

The caveat is not actually needed as the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples is in fact protected under established First Amendment rights. That said, this kind of language has been shown to allay fears of an erosion of religious rights among Democratic voters, independents and even some moderate Republicans.

As such, not all marriage equality groups were happy with the short form question, though others have pointed out that at the very least it is clear and concise.

The publication of the ballot question does not make the wording final, and in fact marks a 30-day consultation period where changes can be offered by concerned groups and the general public.


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Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

I more state that is using the brains God gave them.

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman5 years ago

I soppose its a start. They shouldn't have to fight for their rights they should be given to them.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

Up until at least the 15th century the Catholic Church had an approved ceremony for marrying same sex couples...

Robert C.
Robert Cruder5 years ago

"I could be wrong, but as far as my knowledge goes, marriage was originally a religious custom"

What we would call serial "common law" relationships were once the norm. There were grand ceremonies for the first marriage but that was a rite of passage into adulthood.

Marriage was formalized after the development of private property because it determined inheritance whether inheritance was patrilineal of matrilineal.

Once groups gained wealth and power, conflicts arose at their boundaries. Each side might then deliver a member in marriage to the other. Can one say whether such marriages were a union of families or mutual hostages?

Marriages did eventually become an economic union of families and as defense against any of the rich relatives marrying and sharing with a commoner.

Most societies before the enlightenment inserted religious elements into every event but marriages were not intrinsically religious.

When the Catholic Church was asked to officiate marriages the clergy balked. If Jesus did not marry then celibacy was the optimal state. Why condone anything less?

Wealthy families wanted to use the fear of god to hold their arranged marriages together. After enough money changed hands the clergy decided that Jesus must have blessed marriages because he attended one post-marriage drinking party.

Once marriage became sacramental it became profitable, not just for officiating but even more so for annulment (and at a far higher fee). The church opposed

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell5 years ago

Mark K. said "33 different states.... 33 different polls showing Gay "Marriage" was in the lead... 33 resounding defeats at the only poll that counts."

Are you aware that the data you have listed above is so statistically improbable that the odds of showing same-sex marriage in the lead but then losing 33 times in a row are like 1 in trillions? The fact that you are correct is strong evidence of the use of voting machines to steal elections in this country.

Those electronic voting and counting devices are known to be seriously flawed and easily hacked. The only way to know your vote is being counted as your own is to have a paper ballot, and many of these machines do not have this. Most of the companies that make these machines are known Republican supporters. How are people not putting 2 and 2 together?

Robert H.
Robert H.5 years ago

A relationship with feces? Google First Scandal.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

Fantastic! People of Maine, show the Secratary of State how you really feel.

Gene Bivins
Gene Bivins5 years ago

Opponents of marriage equality love to cite the fact that every single time it's come to a vote by the people it's lost. Of course the unspoken corollary to that is that sooner or later it's going to win in a vote of the people. They don't mention it because in their dark heart of hearts they fear that moment more than they can admit. The tide of history is against them. When it turns, all their sand castles of marriage exclusivity and homophobia and whatever else burns inside them will wash away as if they'd never been there at all.

James C.
James C5 years ago

Luckily for us Mainers the only real poll will happen on voting day we repealed this sick law once we will do it again.

Christeen Anderson

Who cares?