The Family Research Council held a rally in Augusta about the issue Sunday night.
Folks who attended the rally were there to support the traditional definition of marriage: that of a union between one man and one woman.
Organizers say they felt the need to gather Sunday in order to talk about a new bill proposed by state senator Dennis Damon of Trenton. A bill that would allow people to get married regardless of sexual orientation.
":Not opposed to any individuals, not opposed to any rights and benefits, but we’re opposed to changing the definition of marriage.": Said Bob Emrich of the Maine Jeremiah Project.
":There are thousands of Maine couples and their families who do not have the protections they need to provide security for their families.": Equality Maine member Betsy Smith told TV 5 on Sunday. ":And these are the thousands of gay and lesbian couples and their families right here in Maine who are discriminated against because they don’t have the freedom to marry.":
Senator Damon’s bill would also recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Right now Maine does have a domestic partnership registry that’s open to gay couples.