AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine officials say gay marriage opponents are challenging a new law allowing same-sex couples to wed.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Thursday that opponents filed a challenge under the state's "people's veto" provision.
It allows for a referendum to overturn laws if opponents can collect enough signatures.
The filing came Wednesday, the same day the Legislature passed the bill and Gov. John Baldacci (bahl-DAH'-chee) signed it.
Opponents need to get at least 10 percent of people who voted in the last governor's election to force a referendum in November.
The signature-collecting deadline will probably fall in mid-September.
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Maine people's veto: http://tinyurl.com/dj5knf