We have finally won marriage equality at the ballot box. Just in from Yes on 1 campaign manager Matt McTighe:
Tonight, because of you, we have finally won the freedom to marry for all families in Maine!
For the first time, a state has won marriage at the ballot box and we've done it right here in Maine.
Tonight, here in Maine, we proved that voters can change their hearts and minds if we tell our stories and give our fellow citizens a personal connection to the countless families whose lives are impacted by this debate.
The victory belongs to the thousands of marriage supporters in Maine and across the country who have worked tirelessly for nearly three years to make it possible for all loving, committed couples in Maine to obtain a marriage license.
The cornerstone of that work was the more than 250,000 one-on-one conversations our staff and volunteers had with their friends, neighbors and co-workers about why marriage matters to all families.
We talked, and we listened.
Opponents of marriage came into our state using the same recycled scare tactics and misleading ads they've dragged out time and time again.
But Mainers have heard those lies before.
Supporters from Portland to Presque Isle sent a clear message that truth and love are more powerful than fear and deception. With this win, we took away the final talking point opponents of marriage have used to belittle our families and diminish our relationships for years.
We are the first state to win marriage at the ballot box, but I'm confident that we won't be the last.
Thank you so much for everything you've done.
Your support helped us make history.