PORTLAND (AP) – While voters in California were banning same-sex marriage, activists in Maine were at the polls looking for supporters of the idea.

On Election Day, volunteers from the group EqualityMaine were posted at petition tables in nearly 100 polling places in 12 of 16 Maine counties. They say they spoke with thousands of voters about marriage for same-sex couples.

EqualityMaine’s Betsy Smith says that by the end of the day, volunteers had identified and collected contact information from more than 33,000 voters.

There is no active initiative to get a gay marriage question on the Maine ballot.

In California, voters on Tuesday amended the state constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual act. It overrides a state Supreme Court ruling that briefly gave same-sex couples the right to wed. Gay-marriage bans also passed on Tuesday in Arizona and Florida.


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