On November 3, 2009, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative repealing same-sex marriage legislation passed by the state legislature. Question 1, which read, "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?" The legislation was set to take effect in September until Question 1 qualified for the ballot after gaining the required signatures in a process allowing voters to override laws passed by the legislature. The petition for the veto began soon after Governor John Baldacci signed the legislation into law.
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