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Maryland to Vote on Anti-Gay Referendum

Opponents of a recently enacted Maryland gay rights law that guarantees equality for gays and lesbians in housing, employment, and public accommodation collected over 47,000 signatures to put the law to a statewide referendum. The group TakeBackMaryland.org circulated their petition via Internet as well as in churches, mosques, and Republican clubs throughout the state in an attempt to block the law which would have taken effect October 1, 2001. Now, Maryland will decide the measure in November 2002 becoming the second state, after Maine, to vote on whether to repeal anti-discrimination laws for gays and lesbians.

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Associated Press, Washington Post Ð July 20, 2001

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