“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?”
Betsy Smith of Equality Maine said 396 volunteers collected more than 36,000 signatures on Election Day, bringing the total number to approximately 100,000, reported the Associated Press.
The group needed to collect at least 57,277 voters’ signatures by Jan. 30, 2012 to qualify to put the measure on the 2012 ballot.
Smith said the group will make its decision on a referendum in January.
A bill to allow same-sex marriages in Maine was signed into law on May 6, 2009, by the-Gov. John Baldacci following approval by state lawmakers, but was overturned in a ballot referendum on November 3, 2009 after anti-gay opposition groups won that vote by 52.8 percent.
Two recent polls indicate that 53 percent of Mainers now favor same-sex marriage.