Same-sex marriage repeal petitions turned in to state officials

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gay marriage opponents hoping to derail Maine's new law before it can take effect submitted petitions Friday that they said contain more than enough signatures to force a people's veto referendum.

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Joel Page

Rev. Buddy Gough, of the Stand for Marriage campaign, carries a box of signed petitions to the Secretary of States office following a news conference Friday, July 31, 2009 outside the State House in Augusta, Maine. The group collected more than 100,000 signatures and are seeking a referendum in November on the state's new gay marriage law. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

Leaders of the Stand for Marriage campaign delivered a stack of cartons holding petitions with more than 100,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office, which has until Sept. 4 to certify at least 55,087 of them. If it does so, voters will be asked on Nov. 3 whether to repeal the law.

Maine became poised to recognize same-sex marriages in May, when lawmakers set aside a state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The other New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont recognize gay marriages, as does Iowa.

The Maine Legislature's action needs to be reversed because traditional marriage between one man and one woman is a basic building block of society that must be protected, Stand for Marriage campaign leaders said at a news conference Friday.

"I am greatly concerned about the Legislature's redefining what has been the very foundation of our civil society," said Brian Souchet of Brunswick, standing next to his wife and children.

Campaign leader Rep. Bob Emrich, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Plymouth, also criticized lawmakers for "mocking and disparaging the deeply held faith of Maine people" before they voted to recognize same sex marriages this spring.

Gay marriage supporters said they weren't surprised by Friday's filing and stressed their own efforts to marshal support for their cause.

The No on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign also continued to criticize the other side for hiring an out-of-state company to assist in the petition drive. Stand for Marriage spokesman Scott Fish responded that both campaigns have received help from organizations not based in Maine.

"We know this is going to be a really hard-fought election. There are passionate supporters on both sides of this issue. But we feel very confident that our campaign (has) over 60,000 supporters so far," said Jesse Connolly of the No on 1 campaign. "I think our advocates knew when they went into this ... that they'd have to win both in the Legislature and also at the ballot box."

Maine has a domestic partnership registry, but gay marriage advocates say it doesn't go far enough to ensure marriage equality.

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Marriage is not an

Marriage is not an institution. It was not ordained by god. If it were then plural marriage, biblical marriage, would be the way of the world. Oh! that's right it is.
Marriage was ordained by the Priests as a way to control family life; their main source of income. The laws on civil marriage have been changed frequently. The last time interracial marriage was allowed.
It amazes that those same small government conservatives want to override state laws and use the Federal Government to impose their religious views on the rest of us. Hypocrits.
Jon Albrecht Dixfield

John Chick's picture

Marriage is not a trivial

Marriage is not a trivial thing. The attempt by homosexual activists to get the State to redefine marraige, which is an institution ordained by God, is a slap in the face of all who believe in the sactity of marriage.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

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tron...."What is know for a

tron...."What is know for a fact is people were PAID to collect signatures, at a rate of so much per signature. I am certain that some collectors were "aggressive" if not liars in the process."

That is down right hilarious...i guess the signature gatherers utilized a tactic from the mesiah...can you say ACORN! The fact that he will use his personal paid special interest group to perform the next census is criminal.

Whether you agree or disagree is not my biggest concern. The fact that the wing-nuts in Augusta feel they know better than the voters of Maine is. This has been voted on and defeated a few times so why did the disconnected and misrepresenting electorate decide to disregarde the interests of the voters? They need to be taught, if you say one thing and do another (remember all the campaign promises daying, "If you vote for me I will listen, you will have a voice if you send me to Augusta..blah blah, blah) Remove them by voting in real representation, not imitation.

Sarah LaPierre's picture

"America became immensely

"America became immensely prosperous thru hard work and sacrifice..."....through the hard work and sacrifice....of *minorities*!!! Because of African slave labor our country prospered through the trade of cotton and tobacco....Asian americans built our railroads...I guess you could say that we (white people) worked hard to force the natives from their land....we prospered from that! "Easy path" my ass!

John Chick's picture

I see, Animals do it, so it

I see,

Animals do it, so it must be ok. We are not animals, we are human beings created in the image of God. But lets say you don't believe in God, but in evolution, natural selection and the survival of the fittest. Homosexuality is still an abnormality. In fact, it could be argued that homosexuality in and of itself disproves evolution. Natural selection dictates that only those traits that give a species the best chance of survival are "selected". Since homosexuals cannot reproduce it would stand to reason that it would be in the species best interest for homosexuality to be weeded out of the selection process. Yet homosexuality is on the rise.

Never mind religion. Homosexuality (speaking in the general sense) defies logic, defies science and serves no useful purpose other than to gratify the desires of homosexual individuals. In the animal kingdom, even those individuals that exhibit homosexual-like behavior still mate with the opposite sex in order to breed.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

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Abnormal is not the correct

Abnormal is not the correct word. Sin is the correct word.

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Abnormal is not the correct

Abnormal is not the correct word. Sin is the correct word.

If all of these WACKO's want

If all of these WACKO's want same sex marriage let them go see Nancy Pelosi ... she from the biggest weirdo area of the all San Francisco.

John Chick's picture

triumph, First, the State


First, the State (government) does not grant rights. If rights could be granted by government, then they could also be taken away by the government.

Secondly, Maine's laws do not allow regligions to do anything. We do not have to get permission from the state to worship as we see fit. The State has no authority to regulate religion or redefine marriage. The laws that exist regarding marriage are there to protect the insitution of marriage, not to grant special rights. There is a difference between rights and privileges. Marriage is neither a fundamental right or a "civil" right. Marriage is, and has always been, the union of a man and a woman in holy matrimony. It is the foundation of the family and in a broader sense, society.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

Paranoia Rinoblast. Plain

Paranoia Rinoblast. Plain and simple. They are scared. It amuses me when grungy old men talk about "if that gay guy plans on hitting on me...". Ask any gay man around, the paranoid guys are the last ones any of them would find attractive, but that's what it boils down to. That and/or shame for their own secret desires!
(God forbid, someone call it like it really may be?!?!)

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt

John Chick's picture

Paranoia? Please, Stacey.


Please, Stacey. Paranoia has nothing to do with it. Rather it is outrage that our elected representatives and the Governor would have the gall to attempt to redefine marriage. That is not why we sent them to Augusta. Marriage is not a right, it is an institution ordained by God. One that we hold sacred. As others have stated, marriage is the foundation, the bedrock of society. The health of any society can be measured by the success or failure of this institution. Marriage is, and always has been, defined as a union between a man and a woman. It is because of this that laws have been established to PROTECT marriage.

Gay people did not lobby the legislature to gain equal protection for their partnerships, they want the state to legitimize their lifestyle by redefining marriage. If it were just about obtaining certain privileges afforded married couples, that would be different. In the end, regardless of which way this goes, marriage, in God's eyes will still be a union between a man and a woman and homosexuality will still be an abomination.

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

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Where did you get your

Where did you get your information?

Michael Hobbs's picture

Don't think it is going to

Don't think it is going to be quite the landslide that you may think. Equality Maine already has 60,000 and they haven't even really started to campaign to voters to vote No on 1. Even if it gets voted down someone will go threw the court process calling it unconstitutional and then it will again be overturned by the Courts which means no person/s can try to overturn it. I.E see what Mass. and Conn. did because they went threw the court system.


First Vote the bill down

First Vote the bill down then vote the members who voted for it out!!!!!


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