Gay marriage supporters in Maine on Thursday announced they would return to the ballot box this November
The Associated Press reports:
Gay rights activists in Maine, the only New England state that doesn’t allow gay marriage or civil unions, said Thursday that they are forging ahead with plans to put the marriage question up to a second statewide vote.
EqualityMaine, the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Maine Women’s Lobby have collected more than 100,000 signatures — far more than needed to seek the referendum — and made their announcement Thursday at the State House.
The Legislature previously approved gay marriage, but it was rejected by a 2009 statewide vote, 53 percent to 47 percent. If Mainers approve gay marriage, the state would be the first to do so by a popular vote.
Betsy Smith, executive director of EqualityMaine, said polling by gay marriage supporters indicates 54 percent of state residents now support gay marriage.
“The number of signatures we gathered and the thoughtful conversations we’ve been having with voters tell us that Mainers are eager to speak on this question again,” she said.
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