Sen. Susan Collins plans to stay neutral on Maine same-sex marriage
AUGUSTA, Maine: Last week U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that she will not be taking a position on the Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto (2009). When asked about her position on the issue, Collins said, "I don’t get involved in state issues." Unlike Collins, other legislator's have openly taken a stance on the marriage issue, both in Maine and in other states. According to Gov. John Baldacci's spokesperson, the governor opposes the "people's veto." Baldacci signed the marriage law in May 2009.
On July 31, 2009 veto supporters submitted approximately 100,000 signatures in order to qualify the measure for the November 2, 2009 statewide ballot. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has until September 4 to validate the signatures. The same-sex law is scheduled to take effect September 12, 2009 but 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.