CBS: Proponents of Marriage Begin Collecting Signatures in Maryland



Maryland Marriage Alliance officials announced Wednesday that they have launched the petition drive to collect the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to bring the law to referendum on the November ballot.

The group, which is leading the referendum effort, is working with, an organization and website developed last year by a Maryland delegate, to collect signatures.

Voters can visit the website and request a petition form be mailed to them.

The website uses information from state voter rolls to ensure a signer’s printed name and address will match Maryland records, a standard used by the state Board of Elections to validate the signatures.

You can get your petition at


  1. Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink


  2. ResistSSA
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts exactly. Michael.

  3. Ash
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Go Maryland Marriage Alliance!

  4. Jim
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I just wish they'd make divorce illegal for couples who have kids. And make annulments mandatory for married couples who haven't had kids by menopause.

    After all, marriage is all about kids getting raised by their biological parents, right?!

    Just tell me where to sign!

  5. Zack
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I thought they already submitted the signatures prior to the governor signing the bill into law.

  6. TC Matthews
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Good news Maryland!

  7. tam
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Whups, little typo in your headline, which should read: OPPONENTS of marriage begin collecting signatures in Maryland.

  8. Louis E.
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Tam,they are "proponents" of defending the purpose for which marriage exists (guaranteeing opposite-sex relationships the preferential treatment to which their being opposite-sex entitles them in recognition of their unique importance),and "opponents" of attempts to treat relationships failing to meet that qualification as "marriages".

  9. Peter
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    The headline reads "Gay Marriage Opponents..." not "Proponents of Marriage" as the title of this post claims. You're trying to imply that your dishonest, euphemistic rhetoric is accepted and used by mainstream media. It is not. Not only is it wrong and unethical to misquote sources, doing so because you're afraid of their honest straightforward descriptions of your activities reveals that NOM is ashamed of its agenda and that you do indeed know how despicable your activities and tactics are.

  10. Ash
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Zack, I think they filed for the referendum before the governor signed the bill. The signature collection is underway.