.- Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, spoke to CNA about the victory of Question 1 in Maine, which repeals previous legislation legalizing gay âmarriage.â Gallagher said that the victory, which defies statistics and expectations, âis very heartening to marriage supporters and disappointing to gay âmarriageâ advocates.â
Noting that the supporters of same-sex marriage were surprised and upset by this victory, Gallagher analyzed the circumstances leading up to the election. âThe gay marriage advocates,â she told CNA on Thursday, âhad a three-year head start. They put millions into building an extensive grassroots organization.â She also noted, âMaine was a socially liberal stateâ¦ and they have the entire political establishment on their side.â
Also important in the preparation for the election, was the experience and information gathered from the failure of Proposition 8 in California. âThey ran the kind of ads that the critics said would have won in California,â Gallagher said. But the voters in Maine rejected the proposition by an even larger margin than they had in California.
Question 1, an initiative which overturned the Maine legislatureâs decision to recognize homosexual couples as married, passed on Tuesday by a margin of 52.9 to 47.1 percent.
The results of Mondayâs election represent âa change in the social narrative they were trying to create,â says Gallagher. Despite all the preparation, the extra time, and the incredible financial advantage, the American people have made it known that âthey arenât on board with this gay âmarriageâ thing,â she concluded.