(Updated) BREAKING: US Senate GOP Candidate/ SoS Charlie Summers Releases Same Sex Marriage Referendum Question Final Wording

Posted on July 26, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Moments ago it was announced that Secretary of State Charlie Summers has released slightly revised wording for the Nov. 6 ballot question about same-sex marriage in Maine.

The question now reads as: “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”

(6pm) Mainers United issued the following statement regarding the new wording of Question 1:

“We are pleased that the Secretary of State took into account our concerns and has changed the question to more accurately reflect the contents of the citizen’s initiative,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “The new question makes it clear that the proposed law is about civil marriage and that no church or religious institution can be sued for refusing to recognize or perform a marriage that goes against its beliefs.”

The campaign went on to remind that a public poll earlier this month found that 57 percent of voters support allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Only 35 percent said they were opposed.

The religious exemption section of the citizen’s initiative reads:

Religious exemption. This chapter does not require any member of the clergy to perform or any church, religious denomination or other religious institution to host any marriage in violation of the religious beliefs of that member of the clergy, church, religious denomination or other religious institution. The refusal to perform or host a marriage under this subsection cannot be the basis for a lawsuit or liability and does not affect the tax-exempt status of the church, religious denomination or other religious institution.

A “Yes” vote on the citizen’s initiative in November will allow marriage licenses for loving, committed same-sex couples in Maine while also protecting religious freedom.

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