A coalition of LGBT groups that have been collecting signatures in an effort to proceed with a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, say they have met their goal, Think Progress LGBT reports:
The coalition, led by EqualityMaine and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, has gathered more than 105,000 signatures from Mainers who want to bring marriage to the ballot in 2012, far more than the roughly 57,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. The signatures will be submitted to the Secretary of State on January 26, 2012.'
Said Betsy Smith, Executive Director of Equality Maine: "We feel very comfortable about winning, it’s the reason we made a decision to go."
The coalition is buoyed by polls that say 54 percent now favor legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine.