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Marriage Equality in Maine Headed to the Ballot

ME pressPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Advocates for marriage equality in Maine today delivered more than 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State of voters who want to see marriage equality back on the ballot this November. The number of signatures far exceeds the 57,277 required by state law.

The Citizens Initiative, “An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom,” comes as new polling shows that 54 percent of Maine residents support allow loving, committed same-sex couples to marry. Nationally, polling has shown that well over 50 percent of Americans support marriage equality.

The ballot question protects religious freedom by not requiring religious institutions or clergy to perform a ceremony they feel is in conflict with their beliefs.

Learn more about effortst to bring marriage equality to Maine. Organizations participating in the coalition include EqualityMaine, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, ACLU of Maine, Maine’s Women Lobby, and Engage Maine.

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