PORTLAND, Maine - Maine voters are projected to overturn a state law that would have allowed gay couples to marry.
Experts on both sides predicted the vote would be close. But by early Wednesday morning, 53 percent had voted to repeal a law passed by the Legislature in May that legalized same-sex marriage within the state
The law never took effect because of the ballot drive. Campaign organizer, Frank Schubert, declared that Maine voters had helped preserve the institution of marriage.
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Across the country, 30 states have voted so far to ban gay marriage via state constitutional marriage amendments.
If the vote had gone to supporters of gay marriage in Maine, it would have been the first time gay marriage has been approved at the ballot box.
What's interesting about this vote is that it pits two Maine traditions against each other -- the live-and-let-live philosophy versus a deep respect for traditional marriage.
"Marriage, in my understanding, is an institute of God," said traditional marriage supporter Chuck Schott. "Let's keep it that way."
Angela Guillette, opposes same-sex marriage, saying it is not how she defines marriage.
"You can't pick and choose and tear pages out of the Bible," she said. "So, I say if that's what you want to do and you want to say no to your God, do it. But don't call it marriage."
A gay marriage supporter, Roger Hinchliffe, said people should not be denied the right to marry.
"I think the people who say they want to defend marriage should allow everyone who wants to get into it and not deny marriage to a large segment of the population that wants to get married," he said.
Another supporter of same-sex marriage, Dorothy Diggs, said everyone should be able to marry who they love.
"I believe that everyone should have the right to marry who they love and be a family regardless of what the make-up of that family is," she said.
Both campaigns have stuck to tightly controlled messages. Those opposing gay marriage have focused on how it could affect education -- and those supporting it have focused on equality.
On Tuesday night, the nation will find out which message hit home with voters.