Three years after voters in Maine rejected marriage equality, they will consider the matter again in November. This time, advocates say they have reason for optimism. They point to a shift in public opinion, the personal support for marriage voiced last month by President Obama and what they believe is an effective door-to-door “persuasion” campaign throughout the state. In addition, the vote will take place in a presidential election year, when more young people, who overwhelmingly support marriage equality, are likely to turn out than in an off year.
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