Maryland Marriage Equality Opponents Face Ballot Signature Deadline
May 29 2012 9:19 AM ET
Marriage equality opponents in Maryland face a Tuesday deadline to submit at least one third of the signatures necessary to put the issue on the ballot in November.
Only 55,736 total signatures are needed to do so, with a minimum 18,759 required today, more than three months after the state legislature passed a marriage equality bill, The Washington Times reports:
“We’re going to put this thing to rest,” said Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr., Baltimore County Democrat who opposes gay marriage. “Once it’s put to rest, these politicians who are coming out in favor of this are going to be debunked and embarrassed.”
Gay-marriage opponents are attempting to mount just the state’s second successful petition effort in the past 20 years. Last year, opponents of the Dream Act -- a law that would allow many college-age illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition -- gathered more than 100,000 signatures to force the issue to a vote this fall.
Both petition drives have many of the same organizers and have benefited from use of a website that allows voters to print and distribute their own copies of the petition.
Read the report here.
- New Antigay Children's Book Teaches Kids to Hate LGBT Families
- The 'Undetectable' Paradox
- The Brains Behind Husbands
- Could Video Games Be a Cure for Anti-LGBT Bullying?
- Boy Scouts Vote to End Discrimination Against Gay Youth
- Transgender High School Senior Skips Graduation Over School's Transphobic Policy
Sign Up For Email Updates
- The End of Bullying Could Video Games Be a Cure for Anti-LGBT Bullying? 7:00 AM
- Television The Brains Behind Husbands 6:03 AM
- Tyler Curry The 'Undetectable' Paradox in Talking About HIV 6:00 AM
- Current Issue Meet the New Voice for Dallas 4:00 AM
- Books New Antigay Children's Book Teaches Kids to Hate LGBT Families May 23 2013 8:17 PM
- Commentary Op-ed: Boy Scouts Must Complete the Inclusion Process May 23 2013 7:32 PM
- Sports Gay Athletes Hop Aboard the Condom Mobile May 23 2013 7:15 PM