In an effort to raise awareness and increase public support of marriage equality, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and EqualityMaine have partnered to create this website to share the personal stories of real Mainers and demonstrate what marriage means to them.

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" I think if people knew my daughter Melissa who is a lesbian, they knew that she was just as committed to her partner as my married children are to their partners, to their wives and husbands, they wouldn't be so against allowing gays and lesbians to marry. "
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" To see my daughter Michelle marry her partner that she loves will be fantastic and all of our family feels the same way.  We'll be there. "
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" Over time I learned that people that are gay are the same as me.  There is no difference between them and us.  It’s we. "
" It is not so much that we mind explaining, but we are concerned that in a time of illness or need others will not understand that we are family, that we are each other’s closest friends, and that we must absolutely be by each other’s side. "