If you are a gay or lesbian person who is looking for a place to travel in Maine where you feel welcomed, results from the 2009 vote suggest you should avoid Androscoggin County, Maine.
Every single town within Androscoggin County — a relatively populous, relatively urbanized county in central-southern Maine — turned out a majority to undo same-sex marriage equality in the Ballot Question 1 vote of November 3, 2009. Every single one. In the towns of Auburn, Lewiston and Durham, the vote to reject gay and lesbian people getting married stood between 50% and 60%. In the towns of Greene, Leeds, Lisbon, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls, Minot, Poland, Sabattus, Turner and Wales, the share of voters who acted to nullify same-sex couples’ marriages was higher (often much higher) than 60%.
A large majority of Androscoggin County, Maine has gone to the polls to actively shut gay and lesbian people out of marriage, actively ostracizing them from this this central part of personal and community life. Androscoggin County, Maine has slapped a “Not Welcome” sign on its borders. If you’re looking for a place to visit where you can comfortably hold hands with your same-sex partner, you might want to keep this information in mind.