Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto, Question 1 (2009)

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The Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto is an effort by opponents of same-sex marriage in Maine to use Maine's People's Veto process to overturn "An Act to Promote Marriage Equality and Affirm Religious Freedom". This act (Public Law Chapter 82, of the 124th Maine Legislature) authorizes same-sex marriage in Maine. It was passed by the Maine State Legislature and signed by Governor Baldacci on May 6, 2009.[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]

The same-sex marriage law in Maine 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.

See also


  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