Governor Baldacci surprised lots of folks by signing into law the right of gays to marry in Maine. By doing so, Maine becomes the 5th state in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage.
Opponents vow to have a petition to force a state-wide referendum on the issue. They hope to overturn the Governor’s decision and the vote of the Maine House and Senate.
According to the Press Herald, if opponents get the necessary signatures (about 55,000) to hold a referendum in November, the law won’t take effect until it is upheld by the popular vote.
My prediction is that the vote will be close — very close.