Anti-gay groups submit113,000 signatures ineffort to overturn law
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
Same-sex marriage opponents claimedon Tuesday that they have collectedenough signatures to place the issuebefore Maryland voters in November.Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, saidduring a Tuesday news conferenceoutside the Maryland Secretary of State’sofﬁce in Annapolis that his organizationsubmitted 113,000 signatures. Theyhave yet to be certiﬁed, but the groupsubmitted more than double the 55,736signatures necessary to place the state’smarriage equality law on the ballot.The Maryland Marriage Alliancehopes to collect 150,000 signatures bythe June 30 deadline.The group did not immediatelyreturn the Blade’s request for comment,
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Did lack of money orwrong message leadto sweeping anti-gaymarriage amendment?
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
In the week leading up to the May 8vote in North Carolina on a proposedstate constitutional amendmentbanning same-sex marriage and civilunions, ofﬁcials with the campaignopposing the amendment said theybelieved they had a shot at defeating it.
they were saying we are in strikingdistance,” said lesbian journalist andcommentator Pam Spaulding of North
“The campaign was saying 11 pointsand closing — that we were knockingin half the gap every week that theystarted the ﬁnal [campaign] assault,”Spaulding told the Blade.According to Spaulding, at anelection night gathering in Raleigh,campaign leaders and volunteers whoworked to defeat the amendmentwere stunned when the State Board of Elections announced the amendmentpassed by a 61-39 percent margin.
did they know the numbers and werenot disclosing them,” Spaulding asked
and otheranti-gay activists held a news conferencelast week to denounce President Obama’smarriage equality support. Jackson isassisting in the effort to put Maryland’smarriage law to a public referendum.
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