Despite his last-minute endorsement of Maine's gay marriage law when he signed it, Governor John Baldacci does not want it repealed, the Bangor Daily News reported.

At a Tuesday event in support of gay marriage, the governor said the issue was about equality, and urged Maine voters to reject Question 1.

“I think Maine people have recognized … that we are all unique people, we are all different,” he said. “But we are all under the same Constitution and we all want to make sure there is equal protection for all citizens.”

In a first, Mainers will decide whether to affirm – or reject – a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers in the spring. If approved, Question 1 would repeal the law. Up to this point voters in other states, such as in California, have only been asked to ban gay marriage.

Baldacci has not always backed granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, saying early on he endorsed civil unions. His signing of the gay marriage law last May came as a bit of a surprise to opponents, but supporters had read his ambiguity on the subject correctly.