Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers on Thursday released a draft referendum question on gay marriage for the November ballot.
Gay marriage activists who gathered sufficient signatures to put the issue back on the ballot, suggested the question should read: “Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, and that protects religious freedom by ensuring that no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”
After a 30 day public comment period, Summers has 10 days to craft the final wording of the question.
Opponents of marriage equality in 2009 narrowly repealed a marriage law approved by lawmakers with a “people's veto,” known at Question 1.
If approved, Maine would become the first state to approve equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples through a popular vote. A poll released in April before President Barack Obama made his historic endorsement of such nuptials found a majority (58%) of Maine voters support marriage equality.
Source: On Top Magazine