Maine Signatures In: Back to the Ballot for Marriage
“Freedom to Marry Will Be There Every Step of the Way”
NEW YORK – Today Maine’s Secretary of State, Charlie Summers, confirmed that marriage advocates have collected enough signatures to allow a ballot measure this November that, if passed, would extend the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. The signatures were submitted for verification at the end of January.
Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement in response to the news:
“Over the past few years, marriage supporters have been talking to their friends, families, coworkers and neighbors about why marriage matters. As we work to win at the ballot, Freedom to Marry will be there every step of the way alongside Equality Maine, GLAD, and others to continue telling the stories of why marriage matters to loving, committed gay and lesbian couples in Maine, and secure a win at the ballot this November.”
In order to enact marriage legislation in Maine, advocates will need to win at the ballot and are therefore bringing the ballot measure proactively. For more on Maine, read Solomon’s Op Ed on the campaign there at http://www.advocate.com/Politics/Commentary/Oped_Its_Time_to_Win_in_Maine/.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.