Maine Poised For 2nd Public Vote On Gay Marriage


Salon Staff
January 26, 2012 10:09PM (UTC)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gay marriage supporters in Maine say they're moving forward to put the issue up for a statewide vote this year.

Three activist groups have collected far more than the 50,000-some signatures needed to put gay marriage on the ballot. They said Thursday that they intend to submit their petitions.

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The Maine Legislature previously approved gay marriage but voters rejected it in a 2009 vote by 6 percentage points.

Thursday's announcement came as no surprise to national gay-rights leaders who anticipated that the Maine vote would move forward.

Maine is the only state in New England that doesn't allow gay marriage or civil unions.


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