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Maine GOP didn’t get the message that voters legalized same-sex marriage

BANGOR – Maine Republicans kicked off their convention on Friday by adopting a new platform that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, despite the fact that the state’s voters have already decided the issue.

“We need to be united in our efforts to work for a better Maine,” said Cary Weston, a former mayor of Bangor who is running for state Senate.

Party leaders stressed unity and emphasized the importance of bringing together all factions of the party together in hopes of regaining majorities in the state Legislature this fall.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Maine on Dec. 29, 2012, approved by 53 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 7, 2012.

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