Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Maine Gay Marriage Foes Draft Question for State Referendum

The question drafted that will appear on the Maine referendum ballot if opponents of the recently enacted marriage equality bill collect enough signatures:

"Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"

Opponents need 55,087 certified signatures to force a "peoples-veto" of the marriage equality bill. Petitioners have until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns to collect and then the secretary of state then has 30 days to certify the signatures.

If the secretary of state rules that sufficient signatures have been affixed on the instrument of petition, the stay continues until after the voters decide on the question at a statewide election.

Get involved with countering these anti-gay actions by going to Equality Maine's website and seeing how you can help.

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