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Maryland foes of same-sex nuptials say petition goal reached
The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2012 | David Hill

Posted on 05/30/2012 4:51:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ANNAPOLIS — The group leading a petition effort against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law says it has more than twice the number of signatures needed to send the law to referendum one month before the state-mandated deadline.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance said Tuesday it has collected more than 113,000 voter signatures seeking a statewide vote on the law, which was passed in February by the General Assembly and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

Petitioners have until June 30 to collect 55,736 valid voter signatures to force a statewide vote in November. One-third of those signatures — 18,579 — must be submitted Thursday, according to state law.

“What we are seeing is that countless thousands of Marylanders around this state want to see marriage go on the ballot,” said MMA Executive Director Derek McCoy. “But they also want to see it defined and upheld between one man and one woman.”

Organizers unloaded the first boxes of signatures Tuesday afternoon outside the Maryland secretary of state’s office. They said they expected to submit 113,505 signatures by day’s end and hope to eventually exceed 150,000 names.

The signatures must be submitted to the secretary of state then processed and validated by the state Board of Elections.

If successful, the effort would become just the second since 1992 to petition a Maryland law to a statewide referendum.

Last year, petitioners opposing the Dream Act — a law that would let many college-aged illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition rates — sent it to this fall’s ballot by collecting more than 100,000 signatures.

On Tuesday, Mr. McCoy was flanked by volunteers and community and religious leaders who heraldedthe signatures as a sign that the majority of Marylanders are ready to join the more than 30 states that have rejected gay marriage in statewide votes.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: election; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; lgbt; marriage; mma; mme; moralabsolutes; referendum; repeal

1 posted on 05/30/2012 4:51:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 05/30/2012 4:55:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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Looks like Sissy-Maryland might actually man up.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 5:23:46 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I WANNA MARRY MY TOMCAT!!!


4 posted on 05/30/2012 5:35:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Even IF the citizens of “Merryland” vote against same sex marriage, my bet is that within 6 weeks some judge in the Fed system will rule the vote was unconstitutional!


5 posted on 05/30/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Even IF the citizens of “Merryland” vote against same sex marriage, my bet is that within 6 weeks some judge in the Fed system will rule the vote was unconstitutional!


6 posted on 05/30/2012 5:36:19 PM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ah, gay marriage, the end goal of feminism. You won’t find nearly as many gay men getting married as you will lesbians. It’s an assault on fatherhood.


7 posted on 05/30/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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