Two out of the five candidates vying to succeed Maine Governor John Baldacci support gay marriage.

Democrat Libby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler say they would sign a gay marriage law, while independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott, and Republican Paul LePage oppose the institution, an AP survey found.

“Yes, I will continue to lead on this issue until Maine ends discrimination in our marriage laws,” Mitchell said. “It is a matter of human fairness and constitutional fairness and it is past time for Maine to adopt marriage equality.”

Cutler agreed, saying he does not believe that “religion should be making laws for government, or that government should be making laws for religion.”

Last year, Baldacci became only the second governor in the United States – and the first Roman Catholic – to sign a gay marriage law. But opponents, led by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, put a question on the November ballot that repealed the measure before it took effect.

Republican LePage said he backs the decision.

“I support and trust the voters' decision to keep the current law defining marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman,” he said.

According to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of 500 likely voters released Friday, Mitchell has pulled within striking distance of LePage, whose July 12-point lead has plummeted from 44 percent to 38 percent. Mitchell now trails LePage by only 4 points. Independent candidates Cutler, Moody and Scott share a combined 20 points.

Mitchell is expected to get another boost on Sunday night, when former President Bill Clinton headlines a rally for the Democrat at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Baldacci is scheduled to open the rally.