Gay Marriage Laws in Maine
gay marriage is not currently legal. Although a bill was passed in April 2009,
that would have legalized gay marriage, the bill was overturned. However,
domestic partnership is legal in Maine. While Maine has enacted the Defense of
Marriage Act, a state constitutional amendment that would have banned gay
marriage failed to pass. However, registering as domestic partners, remains
In Maine, marriage is defined as a union between an opposite sex couple.
However, gay marriage was briefly legalized in Maine. A bill was signed into
law in 2009 that would have approved the right to gay marriage in Maine.Marriages
were never performed however, because a referendum on the bill was lost. After
the Senate and House of Representatives approved the bill, the governor signed
it into law.
with out a court decision that forced them to do so. However, the citizens of
the state collected signatures to force a referendum in Maine. Gay marriages
were not to be legally allowed in Maine because the bill was overturned during
a vote by the public.
recognition of same sex relationships. In Maine, marriages afford couples many
more rights than domestic partnerships do. However, domestic partnerships at
least allow for some rights normally reserved for marriages. In Maine, gay
couples that register as domestic partners, are considered to be the closest
next of kin for their partner.
the absence of a will and may make all funeral arrangements. In Maine, gay couples
can also be named as health care representatives, thereby being legally able to
make medical decisions, including issues relating to organ transplants. In
addition, In Maine, marriages and domestic partnerships entitled individuals to
protection under the domestic violence laws of the state.
In Maine, gay marriage is still illegal. However, couples can register as
domestic partners after living together in Maine for one full year. In Maine,
marriage creates an inability for an individual to register as a domestic
partner. In addition, couples cannot legally be a part of more than one
domestic partnership. Domestic partnerships can be made void by either parties
consent, as long as the other person is properly notified.
domestic partnerships are automatically void if either party gets married. In
essence, domestic partnerships in Maine can provide rights and responsibilities
to same sex couples, that are not afforded by other states. Maine is obviously
aiming to create a state with equal rights for all citizens.