PORTLAND, Maine – Bolstered by out-of-state money and volunteers,
both sides jockeyed Monday to boost turnout for a Maine referendum that
could give gay-rights activists in the U.S. their first victory at theballot box on the deeply divisive issue of same-sex marriage.
The state’s voters will decide Tuesday whether to repeal a law that would allowLegislature and signed byDemocratic Gov. John Baldacci last May but has never taken effect.. The law was passed by the
contest is considered too close to call, and both campaigns worked
vigorously — with rallies, phone calls, e-mails and ads — to be sure
their supporters cast votes in theoff-year election.
voters uphold the law, it will be the first time the electorate in any
state has endorsed marital rights for same-sex couples, energizing
activists nationwide and deflating a long-standing conservative
argument that gay marriage lacks popular support.