Stand For Marriage, the Maine group behind the petition drive to get a referendum on the November ballot to repeal same-sex marriage, says they have the required signatures.
Looking to overturn a bill signed by Governor John Baldacci in May approving same sex marriage, Stand For Marriage Maine announced today that they have collected more than the 55,087 signatures needed to place a People’s Veto on the November ballot and are collecting additional signatures as insurance to meet the deadline to qualify the measure for the 2009 statewide election. “In just four weeks, we’ve gathered more than 55,000 signatures from Mainers who believe they, not the legislature and governor, should have the final say on the definition of marriage,” said Marc Mutty, Chairman of the coalition. “There has been an extraordinary outpouring of support from voters across the state. This response gives us momentum that will lift us over the first hurdle of putting the issue before the people and, ultimately, carry us to victory in November.” All signatures must be certified by the Secretary of State for validity. Once certified, the issue is cleared to appear on the November 2009 ballot.
Last month Stand For Marriage was caught lying to Mainers outside of post offices, claiming that their petition actually supported same-sex marriage. But deception by any means is legal in petition drives and the good gentle Christians behind the repeal merely shrugged and kept on lying for the Lord after they were caught.