Gay marriage supporters in Maine on Thursday announced they would return to the ballot box this November, reported.

Equality Maine, the state's largest gay rights advocate, has already collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to put the question on the ballot.

Lawmakers approved marriage equality in 2009. However, opponents repealed the law with a “people's veto” at the ballot box, known as Question 1.

In announcing their decision to move forward, backers also released a new poll showing that a majority (54%) of Mainers say gay marriage should be legal. Forty-two percent of respondents oppose the institution and 4 percent said they were unsure.

“Marriage is going to be decided at the ballot box,” Betsy Smith, executive director of Equality Maine, said in a conference call. “We feel very comfortable about winning. It's the reason we made a decision to go.”

Speaking to National Public Radio (NPR), Marc Solomon of Freedom to Marry, said he believes Maine could be first state to win marriage at the ballot box.

“We think 2012 is going to be the year that we actually win a state at the ballot and take away, really, our opponents' last good talking point that they have on this matter,” Solomon said.