Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Good for the gay marriage repealers!

Kudos, big time.

Gay marriage repeal effort on track

Stand for Marriage Maine, a coalition of groups hoping to repeal the state’s gay-marriage law, said today they have collected more than enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. The group, which includes the Catholic Diocese of Portland and the Maine Jeremiah Project, said they have collected more than the 55,087 signatures needed. The groups have until early August to turn them in to the state for certification.

“In just four weeks, we’ve gathered more than 55,000 signatures from Mainers who believe they, not the Legislature and governor, should have the final say on the definition of marriage,” said Marc Mutty, chairman of the coalition.

On the other side, supporters of gay marriage have formed Maine Freedom to Marry, a coalition that includes EqualityMaine, Maine Civil Liberties Union and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. Gov. John Baldacci signed the bill into law in May.

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