Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Claim More Than Double the Signatures They Need for Referendum

Maryland's new marriage equality law is likely to go to a voter referendum and opponents of same-sex marriage say they have already collected enough signatures, Reuters reports:

MDThe Maryland Marriage Alliance, a coalition of groups working to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, said it has collected more than 113,000 voter signatures. That figure far exceeded the 56,000 signatures needed to bring the law to a referendum. A third of those had to be submitted by Thursday.

"There are people that are just impassioned about this issue around the state," said the organization's executive director, Derek McCoy, speaking after a press conference announcing the success of the petition drive. "I think what you're seeing is, people don't want a radical redefinition of marriage just on a whim."

McCoy said more than 4,000 people trained to collect signatures campaigned in churches and other venues, and held gatherings in their homes within the last couple of months.

Backers of the referendum claim that signers were driven by Obama's same-sex marriage endorsement, although it appears voters have also been galvanized in the other direction, given data released last week:

A poll released yesterday shows that Maryland’s support for gay marriage has increased 12 percent since Obama’s endorsement, with most of the shift coming from African-American voters who have flipped their stance on the issue. Fifty-five percent of Maryland blacks now support gay marriage and would vote against such an amendment and 36 percent oppose it, according to the poll. It’s likely Obama’s endorsement affected them. Before it, 56 percent of blacks opposed gay marriage and 39 percent supported it.


  1. Simon says

    Homophobic haters are antiChrist who do not believe or pretend to believe in Jesus Christ but do not acknowledge Christ for saying that His 2 commandments to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself, are the highest of all biblical laws. The antiChrist, like the devil, is a master of quoting biblical verses except those 2 top commandments of love from Christ, they avoid using Christ’s name but use other names, even ‘God’, to bring all sort of biblical verses or ‘facts’, to lie and to prove their disagreements about Christ and his commandments of Love. AntiChrist deceive people that those 2 commandments of love were not above all laws for Christians.

    The issue of homosexuality among any other issues is a test of the Christian faith on that choice of who they really believe in the end, to love (stay with Christ and follow His commandments of love) or to hate (succumb to temptation of verses NOT from Christ and his top commandments and to justify their hatred, a deja-vu of story of Eve falling into temptation by satan the snake with the apple for the ‘gift’ of ‘knowledge’ and ignoring their true God).

  2. Steve says

    You can’t really believe anything they say. They are professional liars and frauds

  3. Javier says

    I am sick of the focus on unreliable opinion polls, which have underestimated he antigay vote every time. until we finally win one these ballot initiatives, the polls are meaningless. In all likelihood, we will also lose in Maryland. the anti gay forces are organized, zealous, engaged, have a direct message, and already have guns blazing.

  4. UFFDA says

    We’re losing everywhere and we’ve lost everywhere because we haven’t tried hard enough to win by learning to behave ourselves in public. And now we have a month of gay pride parades coming up which will make it worse with pimpled bare asses on view and men waving their leather jock bulges in people’s faces. I am no homophobe. I just despise people who cause it. Freedom is not furthered by morons, it’s destroyed and prevented by them. Get a grip guys, the majority doesn’t like you one single bit and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

  5. says

    @UFFDA – kiss my pimpled, stiletto-wearing ass. I haven’t worked my pumps till my toes bled so you could sit there and whine about people with balls enough to publicly show their pride and strength. For 30+ years I’ve fought for your right to live free and with equal protection under the law, both in my highest heels and my best 3-piece suit. I did NOT do it for you to piss on those who uphold our tradition of celebration and defiance. You don’t like the Pride Celebration, then keep your butt to home, live in your closet, and keep your mouth shut. Those of us with real spine will do the dirty work for you.

  6. Jake says

    Also, repeating the same failed strategy is insanity. Why do pro-equality groups hire the same failed advertising agencies and consultants? Why not go with something fresh, different, bold, direct, instead of a campaign that is afraid to show real committed same-sex couples? Why not feature campaigns with same-sex families, clergy speaking out in favor, and experts talking about the benefits to society? Why not go overt, direct in the messaging? The other way has failed every time. See NC, et al.

  7. GraphicJack says

    Dayum, you Umericans shore gots lots of them there bigots. Sad, really, that people waste so much energy denying people human rights.

  8. Tyler says

    UFFDA, you sound like someone who has not only never attended a pride parade, but has instead listened to what some anti-gay bigots have told you happens in them.

    What are you personally doing to bring visibility to the gay community?

  9. Francis says

    UFFDA is pathetic.

    Anyway, based on the poll Jake linked here, it will be very close. The polls aren’t really unreliable, they all say the SAME thing, over and over. We have about 40% of solid support and there are about 20-25% of people on the fence who either are unsure, weakly support us, or are weakly against us. It’s about bringing the people in the middle on our side. And we can do that if we highlight why Maryland’s marriage equality law should be preserved, and why the attacks against this and against our community are baseless and discriminatory.

    If the anti-gay forces are energized with guns ablaze, then the gay community and our supporters in Maryland need to do the SAME thing, Javier. Accepting or resigning defeat isn’t getting us anywhere.

  10. says

    wait….what was that about pride parades being the reason anti-gay bigotry exists, again?

    i’m not seeing it. anti-gay bigots aren’t anti-gay because of pride parades. nobody is pro-LGBT and then changes their mind because of a pride parade. why do closet-cases who’ve never lifted a finger to help others in the community always say the dumbest things?

    but yeah. check this out:

    what’s the problem again?

  11. The Prophet says

    This whole referendum was made moot by a MD state appellate court’s recent ruling covered here on Towleroad. The same ruling that made it possible for two lesbians married in CA to divorce in MD, means that MD now accepts marriages from other states as valid. So yes, even if this amendment passes you won’t be able to have a wedding ceremony in Baltimore. However, you’ll be able to drive 45 miles to DC, get married, and return home to a legally recognized marriage. A symbolic win would be icing on the cake, but MD is already in the win column, petitions or not.