Gay rights leaders blame Ads, Obama for loss in Maine
While Conservatives celebrated Maine voters' repeal of a law that would allow gay couples to marry, gay rights leaders blame television ads and President Obama for the Gay marriage loss in the state of Maine.
Gay activists were frustrated that Obama, who insists he staunchly supports their overall civil rights agenda, didn't speak out forcefully in defense of Maine's marriage law before Tuesday's referendum. The law was repealed in a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent.
"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."
The White House, asked about the criticism, had no immediate comment.
Repealed by voters, Maine became the 30th state to either ban same-sex marriage or overturn a court legislative decision that had supported it.
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