On Tuesday, voters in Maine repealed a state same-sex marriage law, but gay marriage proponents vow to continue their fight.
“We will not allow the lies and hate – the foundation on which our opponents built their campaign – to break our spirits. We are on the right side of history and we will continue this fight with even more vigor,” Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization, said after the defeat in Maine.
The decision means that gay marriage has been rejected in every state – 31 in all – in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay marriage is legal in five states – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Iowa – but was only legalized through legislation or court rulings, not by popular vote.
Following same-sex marriage bans in some states last year, Solmonese spoke to NOW about his determination to continue pushing for gay marriage.
In a recent NOW Issue Clash, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage debated gay marriage in America and what its legalization would mean for everyday Americans. The polls may be closed in Maine, but visitors can still vote for who they think won this debate.