Maine Activists Reattempt Marriage Redefinition
Special Report - August 18, 2011
Homosexual advocates in Maine are launching a second attempt to legalize same-sex “marriage” in the state, despite a 2009 vote by the people to repeal a same-sex “marriage” law enacted by the legislature. On August 17, Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers approved language for a ballot initiative that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the state. The pro-homosexual group EqualityMaine is leading a coalition of same-sex “marriage” advocates in gathering the necessary 57,277 signatures to place the question on the November 2012 ballot. According to an EqualityMaine press release, if enough signatures are gathered by January 2012, the ballot question will read: “Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”
The wording for the ballot question is based on a 2009 law passed by the Maine legislature but later repealed by the voters of Maine in a ballot initiative, entitled “LD 1020An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.” The Act repealed the existing definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, and called for “[g]ender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships [to] be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law,” and required the recognition of same-sex “marriages” performed in other states.
However, Maine voters repealed the law in a November 2009 ballot initiative.. The ballot measure to repeal passed by a margin of 53 percent. In June, New York became the sixth state in the country, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize same-sex “marriage.” The Obama administration has been vocal in its opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents states that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman from being forced to recognize same-sex “marriages” performed in other states.
“The action in Maine by homosexual activists is what we can expect in North Carolina in future years if our legislature fails to pass a bill to allow the people of our state to put the definition of marriage in the Constitution,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “Although we don’t have the exact same legislative procedures as they do in Maine, we can see the constant turmoil that can be wrought in the legislative and ballot initiative processyear after year. It is time for North Carolina to join the rest of the South and the 30 states that have placed the definition of marriage in their state constitutions.”
Maine Voters Affirm Marriage- November 4, 2009
Same-Sex "Marriage" Legalized in Maine - May 6, 2009
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