Thursday, January 26, 2012

Marriage equality advocates ready for Maine referendum

The AP reports: Marriage equality advocates in Maine have collected the signatures necessary to bring the issue back to the ballot in 2012 and may announce their decision to do so today.

State lawmakers had passed a marriage bill signed into law by Gov. John Baldacci in June of 2009, but voters narrowly overturned the law a few months later.

EqualityMaine, Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Maine Women's Lobby will announce today whether they plan to deliver the petitions and carry through with a referendum. National gay-rights leaders, for their part, anticipate that a gay marriage campaign will be launched.

Maine is currently the only state in New England that doesn't allow either gay marriage or civil unions.

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