Support continues to rise while opposition continues to fall each year, driven in large part by a significant generational gap in support. Virginia in , in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on inter-racial marriage , issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in which she expressed her support for same-sex marriage and described it as a civil right akin to inter-racial marriage, stating that "I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry". Hodges in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, stating that "races don't fall in love, genders don't fall in love—people fall in love". The "red equal sign" project started by the Human Rights Campaign was an electronic campaign primarily based on Facebook that encouraged users to change their profile images to a red equal sign to express support for same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
Same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia
On March 27, the House voted on the bill followed by the Senate the following day, which voted for the bill The bill would have gone to a referendum if it had been rejected by either the Governor or the Legislature , since the bill was initiated by referendum. It did not require that such refusals be based on religious beliefs. The Act also maintained the requirement for genetic counseling in marriage between first cousins of the opposite sex and expanded it to include first cousins of the same sex, despite the inability of persons of the same sex to conceive a child together. The vote was 11 in favor, 2 against, and 1 recommending that the issue be sent to the voters via referendum.
Same-sex marriage in Maine