Language for same-sex marriage referendum filed in Maine

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May 21, 2009

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.[1]

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?"[2]

Baldacci signed the same-sex marriage act on May 6, 2009. The act is slated to take effect 90 days after the Maine Legislature adjourns in mid-June, 2009.[3]

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.

The last time that Maine voters rejected a legislative act was in 2008, when they rejected the Dirigo Tax.

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Ballotpedia News
  1. Politico, "The question in Maine", May 19, 2009
  2. Maine Government News, "People's Veto Effort on Same-Sex Marriage Receives Ballot Question", May 19, 2009
  3. Maine Morning Sentinel, "Question ready for foes of gay marriage", May 20, 2009