The final wording will be:
Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Both supporters and opponets of the referendum seem pleased with the wording. From the Portland Press Herald:
“We are pleased that the secretary of state took into account our concerns and has changed the question to more accurately reflect the contents of the citizens’ initiative,” Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, said in a statement.
A leader of Protect Marriage Maine, a political action committee that opposes the referendum, said the new question finds a satisfactory middle ground.
“I would have preferred it to have language asking whether you want to redefine marriage,” said Rev. Bob Emrich, chairman of Protect Maine Marriage. He added that he was pleased the new question does not include “misleading” language about protections for religious liberties.