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Maine HS student holds marriage equality rally

Maine Rally for Marriage EqualityBANGOR, Maine — Who can marry and who can’t comes down to who has a Y chromosome and who doesn’t, a Bangor High School student told a crowd of more than 60 people gathered Sunday in Pickering Square in support of same-sex marriage in Maine, reports the Bangor Daily News.

“What is the difference between a man and a woman getting married and two men or two women getting married?” Antonia Carroll, a 16-year-old junior, asked. “It’s that Y chromosome or lack thereof in one of the partners. Who cares about Y chromosomes?”

Carroll organized the rally for people who volunteered for the recent No on 1 campaign. She was one of about 20 high school students, not yet old enough to vote, who attended the event. Carroll and others spoke emotionally about the Nov. 3 repeal of the same-sex marriage law by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent.

“We will not stop, and we will not give up until we have equality for all,” she said Sunday.

Carroll said she organized the event for people who worked on the No on 1 campaign and still are feeling the sting of the loss nearly three weeks later.

“I feel like this is something the community very much needs,” Carroll said in an e-mail announcing the event, “because apparently there are a lot of people who don’t understand how important marriage equality is. I want the message to go out that we will not submit and stop fighting for equality just because of this vote.”

More at the Bangor Daily News.

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