noodge reminder that the referendum on same sex marriage in Maine is happening this Tuesday, November 3. It looks like this is going to be a very close election, and there are still things we can do to preserve marriage equality in Maine.
If you have friends or family in Maine, talk to them. If they’re undecided or opposed to marriage equality, talk to them about why this is the right thing and why it matters. Here are some talking points; here are some videos.
If they’re already on board, encourage them to get involved: to canvass, to phone bank, to put up signs, or just to talk with family and friends and neighbors. And make sure they vote! The No on 1 research shows that the anti-equality side are more motivated to vote than pro-equality side. We need to get every pro-equality vote in Maine to the voting booth if we’re going to win this one.
And remember: It’s No on 1! A “No” vote means a vote for marriage equality, and against discrimination. Don’t get confused.
Spread the word. If you have a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account… spread the word about No on 1 and the fight for marriage equality in Maine. We only have a few days left. Get the word out. Get other people involved and excited. This isn’t just some dinky little local ballot proposition: this is Ground Zero in the fight for marriage equality.
Donate. They still need money. Please help them out if you can.
If you live in Maine and support No on 1, vote early. It saves the No on 1 campaign time and money by allowing them to focus their resources where they’re needed most. If they know your vote has already been counted, they won’t need to spend their resources trying to sway it, or get it out. So vote early.
If you live in Maine and support No on 1, volunteer if you can. The No on 1 campaign needs all kinds of help, from knocking on doors to helping out at their offices. The election is just in a few days. If you have a couple/few hours, help out if you can.
Again: This is Ground Zero in the fight for marriage equality. Getting this win would mean a huge boost in the national momentum for same-sex marriage. And it would be the first time same-sex marriage wins at the ballot, instead of in the legislature or the courts. Let’s make it happen. Talk to people, spread the word, phonebank, donate, volunteer — and if you live in Maine, vote! Let’s make this happen.