Marriage showdown imminent in Maineby Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow
Maine citizens are taking a stand against the state legislature over homosexual "marriage."
Although the legislature passed it and Governor John Baldacci approved the same-sex marriage bill in May, the law is on hold. Maine considers the people to be a branch of the government, and they can exercise a People's Veto. Mary Conroy of Stand for Marriage tells OneNewsNow that means gathering enough signatures to put the issue before voters.
"So we have done a People's Veto referendum signature-gathering campaign," she explains, "and in just four weeks we've gathered more than 55,000 signatures from Mainers, which is a clear indication that the people of Maine really want to restore traditional marriage."
That is a sufficient number of signatures needed to call the election in just a few weeks, but Conroy says the effort will continue to obtain as many signatures as possible
"The outpouring of support has been incredible and, given the weather conditions here in Maine...we've had continuous rain and it has put a huge damper on our volunteer effort," she laments.
At the end of the month, the signatures will be submitted to the state. If enough are deemed valid, the issue will go on the November 2009 ballot