This story is a couple days old, so you probably know all about it, but to keep our archives in order and up-to-date, here is the news about a joint effort between Del. Neil Parrott’s MDPetitions.com and Maryland Marriage Alliance to place the issue before Maryland voters in November.. O’Malley of course signed the bill allowing same-sex marriage in Maryland on Thursday. It will go into effect in January 2013 if citizens don’t overturn it in a referendum.
From AP at the Baltimore Sun:
As Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley prepares to sign legislation legalizing gay marriage, opponents of the bill have cleared one of the first hurdles to asking voters to overturn the law.
The State Board of Elections has approved the language opponents will use when collecting signatures to bring the law to referendum, Mary Cramer Wagner, director of the board’s Voter Registration Division, said Wednesday. The governor was expected to sign the bill into law the next day.
Petition drafts filed by the Maryland Marriage Alliance and Del. Neil Parrott have a few typos that need to be corrected, but are other otherwise compliant with state petition regulations, Wagner said.
Opponents said they will wait for written confirmation from the board to begin collecting signatures.
Parrott, R-Washington, and Maryland Marriage Alliance leaders hosted a news conference Wednesday afternoon, saying they will work together to collect the nearly 56,000 valid voter signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot.
Maryland Marriage Alliance, a group up of religious organizations and supported by the National Organization for Marriage, is expected to lead the signature-gathering effort. A website Parrott developed last year, mdpetitions.com, will be used to electronically disseminate petitions.
We will keep you posted when it’s time to get started on the petition drive. In the meantime, you might want to sign up at one of the two websites linked above to say you will be helping. Maryland Marriage Alliance will focus its efforts on the religious groups and churches. Parrott will be focusing on the internet petition drive he perfected in the successful referendum effort on instate tuition for illegal aliens last spring.
If you are a new reader, you might want to visit our ‘Marriage’ category and read some previous posts on the issue.