Human Rights Campaign Directs $1 Million to Four States with Marriage Equality Ballot Measures


The Human Rights Campaign is sending $250,000 apiece to Maine, Washington, Maryland, and Minnesota to help with ballot measures in each of those states, Politico reports:

The HRC funds, which are being unveiled Monday, are $250,000 apiece for Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota, all of which have ballot measures in November on gay marriage.

Officials said there will be more spending coming, and that it makes the total spent by HRC in 2011 and 2012 on marriage-related efforts to $4.8 million.

"These ballot measures are the critical issues in November for our community, besides re-electing the president" and a small handful of specific races, said HRC's Michael Cole-Schwartz. "And part of why they're a big deal is because our opponents have rightfully had the talking points that all of these states have banned marriage for same-sex couples (in the past)."

Maine is the only state with a ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage. Washington and Maryland are fighting repeals of laws passed in 2011. And Minnesota is battling a consitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.