April 02, 2020

Gay rights activist walking length of state> Winter trek designed to raise funds, awareness before Feb. 10 referendum

Early Thursday morning, Paul Fuller will be crossing the international bridge in Van Buren to start his walk from Canada to Kittery. As he walks the 395 miles, he will be telling people to vote no on Feb. 10, so that the gay-rights law passed last spring and frozen by a people’s veto can go into effect.

“I always wanted to hike Maine,” he said — although he might not have chosen the middle of the winter, right after a devastating ice storm — and he hopes to find other people along the way to walk with him. He will begin his walk in Van Buren at about 7 a.m. Thursday. He plans to leave from Caribou at 9 a.m. on Friday, and to be in Presque Isle later that afternoon. He expects to be at Bass Park in Bangor at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Fuller, who lives in Waldoboro, has hiked more than 10,000 miles and, in 1990, raised more than $25,000 for Maine AIDS service organizations when he hiked the Appalachian Trail. He is hoping to raise money to cover the costs for the three-week hike, and any extra money will go to Maine Won’t Discriminate. For more information, call, “The Friends of `From Canada to Kittery: A Step in the Right Direction,’ ” at 273-3989.

Fuller will finish the walk on Feb. 3 on another bridge, this one in Kittery.

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