Maine Gay Marriage Campaign Gains Momentum


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.

The announcement was made on the group’s website:

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!

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Check out 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.


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christopher murray

I've always said, that same sex marriage would have been passed years ago if it had been presented to republicans and conservitive as a revenue generator. They would have been all over same sex marriage (allow the imagery)under that premise, because the only thing they hold to their hearts better than God's book of bad ideas (bible) is money.

David Johnson
David Johnson4 years ago

I never thought in my lifetime I would see the progress that GLBT rights have taken. What began as a trickle at the Stonewall, is becoming a rising river of progress. I now have a "Civil Union" in Illinois with my partner of 13 years. While it's not perfect,full marriage equality is pn the horizon for All. So all I can say is Go Maine ! Oh , and @ Anna B. your comments not matter how well disguised, are still full of bigotry....something like putting lipstick on a pig!

Beth M.
Beth M.4 years ago

America is about equality for ALL, not just certain groups.

Brian M.
Past Member 4 years ago

I honestly don't know why anyone on either side of this issue is getting so upset about spreading such a remarkably anachronistic and primitive institution as marriage. However, that being said, if anyone is going to bother with it, then everyone should be permitted the same. Who knows? Maybe as marriage rates go up, and subsequently, divorce rates go up, then all that extra income going to lawyers will somehow raise the economy. I know I wouldn't bet on it.

Heather G.
Heather G.4 years ago

Anna, another little known fact is that several judges and clerks went to their offices on SUNDAY to issue licenses to gay-couples. So what's your point? That YOUR "priviledge" of being a bigot is more important than the marriages of people you don't even know??

Roxane Connor
Roxane Connor4 years ago

@Anna B. the same thing happened in the south when they were forced to recognize interracial marriages.If they would quit over their personal convictions more power to them.There are plenty of people who have no problem with it and would love to have those jobs. Jobs to serve the public not some organized religions self serving dogma.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Anna B. What I would like to know why, in any way, gay marriage or traditional marriage has anything to do with the religious beliefs of anyone. Marriage is a civil action. If the religious cannot separate their religious beliefs from their everyday life, there is something wrong with their religion.

Anna B.
Anna B.4 years ago

just a little known fact several judges and clerks resigned from their jobs in NY when gay marriage was made law because they knew state jobs will not accomodate their religious beliefs. In Maine it will be the same. If the respect for Marriage act is passed this will happen nation wide and people like you still won't care. So thus you'll lead a life of full privalige and we'll begin to live lives of restriction.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Elizabeth I. And equality isn't important?

Elizabeth Irby
Elizabeth Irby4 years ago

Please leave the gay's out of it. We have real problems to solve. I suppose by focusing on issues that should not matter it takes the heat off of what is truly important in this country.