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Voters on the East Coast have spoken, and their voice sounds very familiar.

Citizens of Maine have opted to repeal a state law yesterday that allowed same-sex couples to be married, adding validity to the ideology that marriage can only legally be between one man and one woman.

The stance is reminiscent of the one taken in California in favor of Proposition 8 nearly one year ago this month.

The move comes as a shock to gay-marriage supporters, who outspent their socially conservative opponents by $1.6 million in an effort to keep the proposal alive. It also serves as the first time voters have rejected a gay-marriage law enacted by a state legislature.

“The institution of marriage has been preserved in Maine and across the nation,” remarked Frank Schubert, chief organizer for Stand for Marriage Maine.

In all, 31 states have voted down any measure that would legalize marriage between people of the same sex.  Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire have all validated the hot button issue; all did so via court rulings or the state legislative process.

Supporters were routing for Maine’s law to be upheld, believing that it would add momentum to bills supporting the move in New Jersey and New York while all but securing another vote in California.

Instead, they are regrouping, waiting on another opportunity to present their case for equal rights under love. With their latest defeat, an uphill battle is turning into a situation of nearly insurmountable defeat, as 30 states have already approved banning gay marriage by adding amendments to their respective constitutions.

All 30 were granted by the people, to the people, via popular vote. . .