Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree told colleagues on Thursday that she supports an effort to win gay marriage in her home state.

Gay marriage supporters announced last month that they would return the issue to the ballot in November.

Maine lawmakers approved a gay marriage law in 2009. However, opponents narrowly (53%) repealed it with a “people's veto” at the ballot box, known as Question 1.

Pingree noted the campaign in remarks on the House floor.

“They share homes and they raise children together, they remain committed to each other through the ups and downs of life,” Pingree said. “But because they are same-sex couples, they are denied the right to honor their love and commitment to each other through marriage.”

“This fall, Maine will have a chance to change that, and to join a growing list of states around the country that are setting aside discrimination and granting all couples the same right to get married. We've made progress here in Congress on ending discriminatory practices like 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' but it will be up to us in Maine to bring marriage equality to our state.”

“I am confident we'll do the right thing,” she added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)