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Minnesota will decide in November whether a ban on gay marriage should be part of the state constitution. Maryland and Washington are expected to have ballot measures seeking to overturn same-sex marriage laws that were recently passed by their legislatures.

Conley’s also seeking endorsements from well-known pastors who might be willing to record video and audio clips that can be played at churches taking part in Maine’s collection-plate drive, he said. Those clips would also be sent to the state’s Christian radio stations as public service announcements.

Conley said he realized churches should play a central role in the Maine campaign after being in North Carolina earlier this month when voters approved an amendment to the state constitution affirming that marriage may only be a union of a man and a woman.

“I was impressed with the coordination I saw among the faith community in North Carolina,” he said.