Gay marriage supporters to announce Thursday if they will force Maine referendum

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 3:41 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 25, 2012, at 4:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gay marriage supporters have more than enough signatures to force another statewide referendum. The only question is whether they’re going to do it.

On Thursday, EqualityMaine, the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Maine Women’s Lobby will announce the decision during a press conference at the State House. National gay rights leaders believe a gay marriage campaign will be launched.

Maine is the only state in New England that doesn’t allow either gay marriage or civil unions. The Maine Legislature previously approved gay marriage but it was rejected by a statewide referendum in 2009 by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent.

The Christian Civic League of Maine, which opposes gay marriage, already issued a statement saying gay marriage would “curtail religious freedom.”