Maine marriage law faces Nov. 3 ballot vote

Maine voters will say yes or no Nov. 3 to the state’s law that legalized same-sex marriage.

The law was supposed to take effect Sept. 12 but was delayed by the referendum process, which anti-same-sex-marriage forces completed on Sept.

Voters will be asked, “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?”

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont, and becomes legal in New Hampshire on Jan. 1.

It was previously legal in California, where 18,000 same-sex couples are married but no more can get married because voters amended the state constitution last November to forbid it.

In addition, same-sex marriages from elsewhere are recognized in New York, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Gay couples also can marry in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Spain.


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