Gay Marriage Supporters and Opponents in Augusta Today 

Gay marriage will be the focus of duel gatherings in Augusta Wednesday. The National Organization for Marriage will hold a rally in support of traditional marriage at Capitol Park, across from the State House.It’s their kick off to the “One Man, One Woman” bus tour in Maine.NOM President Brian Brown told the Associated Press that it’s important to start the 19-state tour in a place where people “voted to protectmarriage.” NOM donated nearly $2 million to Stand for Marriage Maine, thepolitical group that led the fight to repeal the gay marriage law.Now it’s in a legal fight as it tries to avoid releasing its donorlist. NOM contends it’s a national organization that’s not subjectto Maine’s campaign finance laws.At 10:30 a.m., supporters of same-sex marriage have scheduled a pressconference at the Hall of Flags inside the State House.Their press release says Maine clergy, business leaders and advocates will discuss why marriage equality is good for families, good for business and good for the state of Maine.”Not everyone is in agreement on the issue of marriage equality, but we can all agree that discrimination and fear-mongering by NOM and other groups is wrong,” says Betsy Smith, Executive Director of Equality Maine. In November, Maine voters overturned a state law legalizing gay marriage.