Efforts to legalize same-sex marriage at the 2012 ballot seem to be going strong as Equality California this week announced that advocates are exceeding their own expectations for collecting signatures, having managed to secure over 25,000 signatures in just three weeks.
From Madawaska to Kittery, and a lot of places in between, we’ve already gathered over 25,000 signatures. Thanks to the incredible work of hundreds of volunteers and our dedicated staff, we’re gathering signatures even faster than we’d planned. We’re on track to gather the 80,000 signatures we need to place our question on the ballot in 2012, but we can’t keep up this momentum without your help!
Check out www.WhyMarriageMattersMaine.com for more details and photos of our progress!
Advocates must collect another 55,000 signatures by the end of the year to meet their goal, but with this swift progress it looks as though they may be able to do it.
The proposed ballot question that will be put before voters in 2012 is:
“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?”
Mainers narrowly rejected same-sex marriage in 2009. However, campaigners believe this time around there is a clear majority that will favor same-sex marriage, especially with a growing body of support among Maine’s religious leaders and very clear religious exemptions in the ballot question.
Two recently published polls put support for marriage equality at 53%, the same margin that rejected same-sex marriage in 2009.
However, according to the American Independent, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has already pledged $32,000 to trying to defeat the marriage equality effort.