MSNBC reports: Maine’s Gov. John Baldacci signed a bill into law allowing same-sex marriage in his state. Maine becomes the fifth state to do so. The other four: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Brian Brown, of NOM has shed light on the recent legislation signed in Maine. His remarks bring comfort to those who desire to preserve traditional marriage:
You can’t file until the adjournment of the legislative session, which is mid-June. No, regular law passed by the Maine legislature goes into effect until 90 days after adjournment. You must file within 10 days and then have the rest of that time to gather signatures.”
So those who value traditional marriage can relax for the moment. The majority has, on several occasions, make their voice clear: We believe in Traditional Marriage. In every situation that the people have been able to vote on same-sex marriage, they have rejected the activist judges and the radical agenda of liberal lawmakers…we have no reason to doubt that the people of Maine will do the same.
And that’s why today the National Organization for Marriage announced that it will join the Maine Marriage Coalition, pushing for a people’s veto of the same-sex marriage bill if Governor Baldacci signs it into law.
The Coalition is headed by Robert Emrich of the Maine Marriage Alliance and Marc Mutty of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. NOM will stand with our colleagues in Maine to give voters the ability to overturn the marriage bill passed by the House today, and will devote staff, volunteers and resources to the battle in Maine.
Qualifying a referendum for the ballot requires roughly 55,000 signatures of Maine voters, and NOM will work hard to ensure that the people of Maine have the opportunity to stand up for marriage just as the voters in 30 out of 30 other states have done when given the chance.
NOM was a pivotal player in the 2008 Proposition 8 campaign in California, where we were instrumental in helping secure the signature needed to place the measure on the ballot. While campaign details are yet to be worked out, we looking forward to working with our colleagues on the ground in Maine to stopping this misguided legislation.
Early financial support will be critical to the effort as the window for collecting signatures will short. Your support today will allow us to start the referendum process immediately when the law is signed, ensuring that the measure does not take effect before the people of Maine have had their say.
Can you afford a gift of $35, $50 or $100 today to help stop same-sex marriage not just in Maine, but in New Hampshire, Iowa, and other states as well? Please use this hyperlink to make a secure online donation today!
Make plans to watch or record “Maggie vs. Perez” on Larry King Live on CNN at 9pm ET tonight! NOM President Maggie Gallagher will be on with Perez Hilton, calling Hilton to task for the character assassination and personal attacks he has leveled against Carrie Prejean. It will no doubt be a lively discussion as Maggie sets the record straight!
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542