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Maine Is At It Again: Marriage Equality May be Going Back to the Ballot

Today Methodist Pastor Michael Gray submitted the following language to the Maine Secretary of State for review:

“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?”

Once approved by the State, EqualityMaine will begin the process of collecting 57,277 signatures to get the question on the ballot in November. Here we go again.

Question 1 in 2009 was submitted by the other team and read:

“Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”

So what once was a “no” vote to support same-sex marriage in 2009, will now be a “yes” vote in 2011. That’s not confusing at all. The National Organization for Marriage pumped $1.1 million out of state dollars into that sucker and Question 1 passed by a 5.5% margin. This newest announcement comes after 18 months of public education to support same-sex marriage. Gay Marriage Watch reports that two polls show 53% of Mainers support marriage equality. The trick will be getting them all to vote.

In all of this equality ping-ponging, the question of a citizen’s initiative still remains a hot topic. Should people have the right to vote on same-sex marriage or should it be a constitutionally protected right?

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