Proponents of gay marriage in Maine gathered the 75,000 petition signatures required to put the issue on the November 2012 ballot.
Equality Maine led the petition drive in August for a ballot initiative that would ask the following question:
“Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”
There were more than 100,000 signatures collected to add the resolution to the upcoming ballot; however, Equality Maine representatives said they will make a decision about whether or not to include the referendum in January 2012.
Maine is the only New England state that does not allow civil unions or same-sex marriage. Gay marriage was legalized in May 2009, but it was overturned in a ballot referendum in November of the same year. The bill was struck down by voters with a 52 percent majority. Recent polls indicate that support for gay marriage has increased drastically.