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Gay Marriage Law to Go to Voters in November 

Catherine Pegram

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine election officials say gay marriagefoes have reached the threshold of petitions necessary to put thestate law on the November ballot. The gay marriage law was supposed to go into effect this month,but it was put on hold as the secretary of state’s office verifiedthe number of petitions. With the signatures validated, Gov. JohnBaldacci on Wednesday signed a formal proclamation putting thematter to a statewide vote on Nov. 3. The announcement came as no surprise. Gay marriage opponents needed the signatures of at least 55,087registered voters for the so-called People’s Veto, and they turnedin nearly 100,000 signatures. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlapsays officials stopped counting once they found that more than60,000 of the submitted signatures were valid. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)