Same-sex marriage bill gets step closer to voters

The Associated Press
Posted March 13, 2012, at 11:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine is a step closer to a referendum.

Without debate, the House on Tuesday voted to kill the citizen-initiated bill, a clear sign that representatives want the state’s voters to decide whether to authorize gay marriages. The matter now goes to the Senate.

In 2009, Maine voters repealed a legislatively passed gay marriage law 53 percent to 47 percent.

The latest effort to force a referendum comes after gay rights activists say many Mainers have changed their minds about the issue and are now willing to accept same-sex marriages.

Because the bill arises from the citizen initiative process, lawmakers have an option to pass it exactly as proposed or kill it, which sends it to voters. printed on July 26, 2017