PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a rare moment of agreement in the fight over same sex marriage. Both sides say they're pleased with the wording of the referendum question that will go to Maine voters in November. On Thursday, Secretary of State Charles Summers released the final version of the question:
"Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"
The group called Mainers United for Marriage, which favors the referendum, says it likes the new wording of the question. A written statement says the question wording makes it clear the vote is about civil marriage and doesn't force churches or clergy to perform such marriages.
Carroll Conley, head of the Christian Civic League and a leader of the group Protect Marriage Maine, also approves of the way the question is worded. Conley told News Center, " .. we are pleased with the simplicity and brevity or the ballot question wording. We really appreciate the secretary of state and attorney generals commitment to having clear and concise language."
The original version of the referendum question was simply, "Do you want to allow same sex couples to marry?"
However, supporters of the referendum complained that version ignored the portion of the question that says religious organbizations cannot be required to marry same sex couples. Following those complaints, Secretary of State Summers made changes, and the result was the new wording.
Summers also announced that the same sex marriage issue will be Question One on the November ballot.