Maryland Marriage Equality Opponents File Referendum Paperwork

Though Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) won’t sign the marriage equality legislation into law until Thursday at 5 P.M., opponents of the measure have already filed the necessary paperwork to start collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the bill. They will have until June 30 to collect 56,000 valid signatures in order to successfully put the issue up to a referendum in November. The law is set to take effect in January of 2013, well after a referendum would take place.