Are you and your same-sex partner planning a trip to Washington County, the most Northeastern of the coastal counties in the state of Maine? Looking for the first sunrise in Eastport or a quasi-Canadian experience in Calais? Consider what kind of reaction you’ll get: as the map below shows, with two exceptions each and every town of Washington County Maine turned out on November 3, 2009 to reject lesbian and gay marriage equality. Most towns rejected equal rights for gay and lesbian Mainers by overwhelming margins. Gay and lesbian couples who live in this county were given the cold shoulder. How do you think you’ll be treated if you’re a gay or lesbian outsider to this rural area?
The two notable exceptions to this rule are the Passamaquoddy territories of Indian Township and Pleasant Point, which cast majority votes to reaffirm the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples living in Maine. The Passamaquoddies know something that their neighbors in Washington County have forgotten or never known.