Thursday, June 30, 2011

EqualityMaine To Put Marriage Equality On 2012 Ballot

Today, EqualityMaine and GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) announced that they will be collecting signatures to put a marriage equality question on the ballot in 2012. In order to accomplish this goal, they will need to collect 57,277 signatures from across Maine. If successful, this marks the first time ever that a pro-marriage equality resolution has appeared on a ballot in the United States. The ballot question is slated to read as follows, 
Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?
     If you recall, back in 2009 the Legislature of Maine passed a marriage equality bill, just to see it derailed a few months before it went into effect by a voter initiative. But both EqualityMaine and GLAD are confident that 2012 will be different and that Mainers will approve the measure saying,  
For the past year and a half, EqualityMaine and GLAD been focused on moving Mainers to be more supportive of marriage for gay and lesbian people. Since March, we’ve had one-on-one conversations with more than 20,000 Mainers about marriage; we’ve already changed a lot of minds and we’re changing more every day. 
Now, after extensive conversation and consultation, with you – our members – we are excited to take the next step in the campaign to win marriage for all Mainers.
     If you live in the state of Maine and care about equality, be sure to get in contact with EqualityMaine to see what you can do in your city and town. Visit  www.whymarriagemattersmaine.com for more information. 

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