Changes seen in Maine on gay marriage since vote

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -

Gay marriage advocates say much has changed since 2009 when Mainers overturned a law legalizing same-sex marriage. Opponents agree.

But they disagree on what those changes are and what they mean for this year's gay marriage initiative, expected as a statewide referendum on November's ballot.

Gay marriage activists say many opponents in the 2009 referendum have changed their minds. They base that view on poll numbers, one-on-one discussions with 40,000 residents and strong response they had in collecting more than 100,000 signatures to move the matter forward.

But opponents say what's changed is that Mainers are more conservative now - as evidenced by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Republican governor - and are more vocal in their opposition since voters rejected same-sex marriage three years ago.

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