AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says it expects people of all faiths — and those with no religious background as well — to come together to defeat the state's recently enacted same-sex marriage law.
Spokesman Mark Mutty predicts efforts to create a coalition to jettison the law will become "one of the biggest grass-roots movements in Maine history."
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Tuesday approved the wording of a question that would go to a statewide referendum.
That clears gay marriage foes to begin collecting the signatures of at least 55,087 registered voters to get the measure on the state ballot.
Here's the specific language that will appear on the petition to get the initiative on the ballot:
"Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"
Petition gatherers must collect 55,087 signatures to qualify for the ballot. If and when those are certified, Maine's new same-sex marriage law would be stayed under state law until the results of the election are known.