Family Leader Maryland is looking for volunteers to help collect signatures for a referendum if the same-sex marriage bill passes the Maryland Legislature. The bill passed the Maryland Senate by a slim 25-21 vote on February 25th and is pending a vote in the House. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has encouraged the House to pass the bill and has promised to sign it into law.
The state attorney general’s office says the referendum effort would require 55,737 valid signatures to put the law on hold and bring it to the people of Maryland in the November 2012 election. At least one-third of the signatures would have to be submitted by May 31, 2011 to the state Board of Elections and the remaining two-thirds by June 30, 2011. Getting a referendum on the ballot demands far more signatures than required because opponents of the referendum will mount a serious legal effort to disqualify as many signatures as possible.
Traditional marriage has won in all 31 states where it has appeared on the ballot. In November 2010, Maine voters rejected the same-sex marriage bill passed by the Maine Legislature and successfully repealed the law. Maryland citizens are preparing to do the same.
Please contact Martha Schaerr at [email protected] and say count on me to help protect marriage. We need to be ready with an army of signature gatherers now!