All those boxes of signatures that Stand 4 Marriage Maine dropped off with the Maine Secretary of State to put same-sex marriage up to a vote in November? They worked.
Plenty more signatures than the necessary 55,087 were verified, which means come Nov. 3, Maine’s voters will have a chance to nix gay marriage, which Gov. John Baldacci signed into law in May. It also means same-sex marriage, which was supposed to begin Sept. 12, is now stayed until after the vote.
So while Baldacci has no say in whether the law goes to voters, he’s standing by his earlier pro-equality decision. “I fully support this legislation, and believe it guarantees that all Maine citizens are treated equally under our State’s civil marriage laws,” he said in a statement. “But I also have a Constitutional obligation to set the date for the election once the Secretary of State has certified that enough signatures have been submitted. I am confident that Maine voters will make the right decision on this important issue when they cast their ballots in the fall.”
And this, folks, is why there needs to be groups like these guys.