PORTLAND — Supporters of a proposal seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine are expressing concern with the proposed wording of a gay marriage referendum that will appear on November’s ballot.

Maine’s secretary of state announced last week that the proposed wording for the referendum reads, “Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Mainers United for Marriage, a coalition spearheading the campaign in favor of the referendum, is holding a news conference today to express disappointment in the wording.

Coalition leaders say the question should also include wording about how churches and clergy won’t be required to perform gay marriages if Mainers approve the measure.

The public has until July 14 to comment on the wording.


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