Patterns in the 2009 vote in Lincoln County, Maine counter many of the assumptions people make about the distribution of pro-equality and anti-gay attitudes. Although overall the population of Lincoln County narrowly voted to repeal the equal rights of gay and lesbian Mainers this November 3, election results show that the majority of towns in Lincoln County actually voted to defend equal marriage rights in Maine. These two seemingly contradictory results are possible because the larger communities (such as Wiscasset and Waldoboro) voted to reject the equal rights of gay and lesbian Mainers, while the smaller communities of Lincoln County (such as Monhegan Island, Newcastle and Alna) voted in defense of marriage equality.
For those looking to have the quintessential Maine touristy experience in a gay-friendly place, try busy Boothbay Harbor, which stacks building on top of building in colorful, off-kilter fashion up and down the hills and ending in docks that offer more than a dozen harbor and wildlife day cruises and views of yachts, yachts, yachts. The village itself has got restaurants out the wazoo, salt water taffy shops, t-shirt shops, blueberry salsa stands… all that comes with visor hats and fanny packs and colorful sweaters.
Head east a bit, cross a few peninsulas, and you’ll find something quieter on the Pemaquid Peninsula, where a tidal pool is dedicated to Rachel Carson, where rocks jut and waves crash and beaches beckon, and from where you can take a small boat staffed by Audubon society docents to see Atlantic puffins.