Marriage Makes the Ballot for November 2012

Posted on February 23, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Photo of the boxes containing more than 100k petition signatures. ~Andi)

Via press release:

The Maine Secretary of State today confirmed that enough signatures have been verified to place a Citizens’ Initiative allowing same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses on the November ballot.

“Just as my own thinking has evolved on this issue, more and more people in Maine are coming to understand that loving, committed same-sex couples should not be denied the freedom to marry,” said Pastor Michael Gray of Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church and the citizens initiative’s lead signer. “We gathered signatures from voters in more than 450 towns all over Maine, and those people signed the petition because they want the chance to vote on this issue again so their gay and lesbian family, friends and neighbors can have access to marriage licenses.”

“Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons other couples want to marry: because they love each other and want to spend their lives together,”
said Betsy Smith, the executive director of EqualityMaine. “During the last two years, our coalition has had thousands of face-to-face conversations about marriage with Mainers who have changed their minds about this issue. There’s no question that momentum is growing for same-sex marriage in Maine.”

“In 2009, our campaign mobilized more than 8,000 volunteers. We believe that number will grow this year as momentum for marriage increases,” said Shenna Bellows, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. “People are excited, engaged and willing to work to make sure all loving couples can get married.”

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