Background on Gay Marriage in MaineVoters in Maine voted for the second time on same-sex marriage and marriage equality in 2012. In May 2009 the Maine Legislature approved a bill that would have made same-sex marriage legal there. The Governor signed the bill and it was to have gone into effect in September 2009. But anti-gay marriage activists collected enough signatures to put the measure up for a public vote and on November 3, 2009, voters in Maine chose not to allow same-sex marriage.
The issue was put before the voters again in 2012.
The wording of Question One is as follows:
"Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"
A YES vote will make same-sex marriage legal in Maine. The law is worded in such a way that no clergy or religious person shall be required to perform a marriage against his or her religious beliefs.
A NO vote will not change Maine law, since same sex marriage is not allowed in the state of Maine currently.