Gay Marriage Opponents Still Submitting Signatures in Maryland

Already reached number needed for referendum

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    Rick Imirowicz (L) and his husband Terrance Health hold hands to pose for a videographer after their wedding ceremony at All Souls Unitarian Church on the first day same-sex couples are legal to wed under a new law March 9, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

    Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland have already reached their goal: enough signatures to force a referendum in November. But the Maryland Marriage Alliance isn’t done yet.

    The group has turned in another 39,743 signatures. That’s on top of the 113,000 they have already submitted to the state, although only 109,000 have been certified so far.

    The group needed 55,736 signatures to put the controversial measure to a public vote in November. They say the additional signatures are just an exclamation point on their effort.

    Marylanders for Marriage Equality say they knew that the bill would be put to a referendum and are focusing on building support for the bill.