Language for same-sex marriage referendum filed in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine. In reaction to "An Act to Promote Marriage Equality and Affirm Religious Freedom" which was passed by the Maine State Legislature and signed by Governor Baldacci, opponents of same-sex marriage in the state are planning to try to get the new law nullified through the state's People's Veto process.
The language that will appear on a statewide ballot if the People's Veto supporters can collect enough signatures is:
- "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?"
To qualify the measure for the ballot, opponents of the same-sex marriage act must collect signatures from Maine voters equivalent to 10 percent of the total votes for governor in the last gubernatorial election. That number is 55,087 certified signatures.
Petitioners have until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns in June to collect those signatures.
If the Maine Secretary of State determines that sufficient signatures were collected, the law will not go into effect until and unless a statewide vote of the people approves it.