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Gay Marriage Opponents Force Referendum Vote 

It looks like the conflict over same sex marriage in Maine will come down to a showdown at the ballot box this fall.Opponents say they’ve collected enough signatures to stop the state’s new gay marriage law from taking effect and to put the issue before voters statewide.Mark Mutty of the stand for Marriage Maine Coalition says it took only four weeks to gather the more than 55-thousand signatures needed to get the question on the ballot. He says signature gathering will continue to ensure there’s more than enough petitions.Maine’s gay rights law is scheduled to go into effect September 12.But that will be put on hold after the petitions are turned in and if they’re certified by the Secretary of State.