- Post 02 June 2012
- By Maryland Marriage Alliance
The Maryland Marriage Alliance (MMA) has revised their initial count of 113,000 signatures to report that over 122,000 signatures have been collected. The signatures were delivered to the Maryland Secretary of State's office to ensure that a marriage referendum will appear on the November ballot.
"We were only required to submit about 18,000 signatures for this initial phase of the process," said Derek McCoy Executive Director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, "However at final count, we submitted 122,000 signatures. The enthusiasm for protecting the definition of marriage in the state is incredible."
By June 30th, MMA must have 55,736 signatures on file. Even though, the organization has submitted more than double the number necessary, they will continue to collect signatures to give people across the state the opportunity to have their voices heard in this important phase of the democratic process.
"The proof of engaged voting citizens is in the numbers," said Pastor John Smith a Southern Baptist Pastor at First Baptist Church Essex. "The amount of signatures collected addresses any concerns about the activity and enthusiasm of voting citizens in Maryland. People who are attempting to redefine marriage have already attempted to down play these numbers. But that is impossible. The bottom line is that with more than a month to go, we have more than double the signatures needed."