Story posted November 02, 2009
Maine has been in the national spotlight as residents decide whether to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage.
Similar measures to prevent same-sex marriage have succeeded in every other state in which it has been put to a popular vote.
An ABC News segment that aired Sunday, November 1, 2009, focused on the issue and included the observations of DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm. The same segment was included in the network's World News Webcast, a 15-minute afternoon broadcast tailored for the Web; the video was also posted on Facebook and appeared as a podcast on iTunes.
Alessandra "Ali" Sozio '07, an ABC News field producer, came to campus Saturday, October 24, 2009, to interview Potholm in the Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. Watch the segment.
Potholm's insights on the matter were also included in a Nov. 1, 2009, Associated Press report that was picked up by The Huffington Post, a popular news and opinion Web site. Read the article.
The cable network's Web site carried the article, "Same-Sex Marriage Battle Moves to Maine," which included commentary from Potholm, who notes that the spotlight is now on Maine because of the defeated bill in California.
"I think this is a nationwide effort to get the gay marriage agenda back on track — not just in Maine, but in terms of the whole country," says Potholm in the article. Read the article.
"The defeat in California, which was by no means predicted, was a terrible black eye" for supporters of same-sex marriage, says Potholm in the article, "Same-Sex Marriage Fight Roils Maine."
"They very much want to make Maine a place where they turn that around.'" Read the article.
The paper ran an Associated Press story about the money raised on both sides of the referendum regarding Maine's gay marriage law.
"This is a huge national issue coming after defeat of gay marriage in California, and Maine is where the defenders of gay marriage are making their stand," says Potholm in the article. Read the article.