Matt McTighe, campaign
manager for Mainers United
For Marriage, which advocates for same-sex marriage rights, says President
Barack Obama's evolution on this issue mirrors that of thousands of
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as
I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of
my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex
relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers
or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet
feel constrained, even now that 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' is gone, because they
are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just
concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm
that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told
ABC in a much-anticipated interview.
"That's exactly what
we hear from countless people every day," McTighe told the Phoenix. "I don't
want to say it's going to have an impact on the election itself but hopefully
it will inspire some people to think twice about their positions."
Same-sex marriage supporters will re-launch their grassroots
canvassing this coming Tuesday. They'll
knock on doors statewide, hopefully "adding the types of conversations
that the president alluded to today," McTighe said.
An inquiry to the conservative Christian Civic League of Maine,
which is leading the campaign against gay marriage, has not yet been answered.