LGBT activists blame Obama’s lack of vocal support for loss in Maine

After failed marriage rights in Maine, LGBT activists say vocal support from President Obama could have made a difference.

After the election in Maine, gay activists are upset and frustrated with President Obama and the administration for not “speaking out more forcefully in defense of Maine’s marriage law,” according to an article by the Associated Press.

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LGBT activists in Maine blame President Obama's silence about gay marriage for their defeat in Maine. Photo courtesy of www.washblade.com.

“President Obama missed an opportunity to state his position against these discriminatory attacks with the clarity and moral imperative that would have helped in this close fight,” said Evan Wolfson of the national advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “The anti-gay forces are throwing millions of dollars into various unsubtle ads aimed at scaring people, so subtle statements from the White House are not enough.”

Had Maine’s law been upheld by voters, it would have been the sixth state to legalize marriage and the first to affirm it by popular vote.

To read the full article go here.

-Katelynd Jarvis

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