Voters collecting signatures for marriage amendments in several states are having great success, proving just how unpopular same sex “marriage” is.
To date, Montana, Arkansas, Michigan and Oregon have turned in more than enough signatures to get the measures on the November ballot.
Oregon was the latest to report victory. Supporters needed 100,680 signatures. They turned in over 240,000, a record for the state.
In Michigan, 320,000 signatures were needed and nearly half a million were delivered to the Michigan Board of Canvassers.
If all these campaigns succeed, 13 states will have amendments to define marriage on ballots this year. Seven states already having amendments passed by lawmakers.
Voters supporting the Montana Marriage Protection Amendment (CI-96), delivered enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.
According to state Representative Jeff Laszloffy, author of CI-96, grassroots activists have garnered over 70,000 signatures, almost twice the 41,000 needed.
Rep. Laszloffy called the drive “the most successful signature gathering effort in Montana’s history.
In addition to success in Montana, the Arkansas Marriage Amendment Committee announced that they have far exceeded the 80,000 signatures needed to put their amendment on the ballot.
Meanwhile, North Dakota voters are taking action to reinforce their Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by amending their constitution. The North Dakota Campaign for Marriage is asking for help to gather 25,688 by July 23, 2004.
Ohio is also involved in a similar race to secure 323,000 signatures by July 31.
For more information on these two efforts, see below.
Total Signatures Needed: 25,688 signatures
Text of the Amendment:”Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.”
Frequently asked questions:
Download the petition: http://www.ndfa.org/campaign%20for%20marriage.asp
Promoted by the American TFP’s Traditional Marriage Crusade
Web site: www.ohiomarriage.com
Deadline: July 21, 2004
Total Signatures Needed: 323,000 signatures
Address: Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage
11175 Reading Road, Suite 103
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
Phone: (513) 733-5775
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