As you are probably already aware, the People’s Veto of LD1020 will officially be on November’s ballot. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that 60,391 of the more than 70,000 signatures collected by same-sex marriage opposition will count. This is more than enough to break the 50,000 signature threshold for the People’s Veto to appear on this November’s ballot. Though the battle for marriage has already begun, it will certainly start heating in these final months.
No on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign manager Jesse Connolly has released a statement this afternoon on the Question 1 ballot news.
from Jesse Connolly:
There’s no surprise here. Everyone knew marriage equality would be challenged by a referendum and that’s why our allies began having conversations with Mainers three years ago. We now have nearly 80,000 Mainers who have pledged their support for equality.
This was a quarter-of-a-million dollar signature effort by a Michigan firm, and it highlights the stark differences in our campaigns. Their’s is a cynical, pay-for-every signature approach that doesn’t reflect the homegrown values of our state.
By contrast, we have put our trust in the common sense and fair mindedness of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. And that’s why we believe voters will reject Question 1 because here in Maine, we believe everyone should be allowed to live their lives and be treated equally under the law.