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Gay Marriage Supporters Are Planning A Referendum In Maine

Gay activist and supporters are planning a referendum in Maine to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reports:

Gay marriage supporters in Maine began laying the groundwork Thursday for another referendum on the issue, hoping to build on momentum from New York which last week became the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage supporters say many have changed their minds since state voters overturned a same-sex marriage law in 2009. They said Thursday they’re filing paperwork with election officials to start the process of gathering 57,000 signatures to put the matter on the November 2012 ballot.

Matt McTighe from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders says polls show 53 percent of Mainers now support gay marriage. In 2009, gay marriage was rejected by the same margin.

“We believe there’s strong support for marriage in Maine. We believe that all families deserve the right to marry. The longer we wait, the longer we delay this right of loving and committed couples to marry,” McTighe said Thursday.

Thursday’s announcement comes one day after Rhode Island lawmakers approved civil unions for gay couples.

Gay marriage supporters say the Maine effort has been under way for some time.

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