This referendum asks whether Maine voters want to reject or accept amendments to the state's marriage laws that were enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor in May 2009. The new law would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine. It also would recognize such marriages lawfully performed in other states. It would allow individuals who are authorized to perform marriages to refuse to perform a marriage for a same-sex couple. Finally, the law does not allow any court or governmental body to compel, prevent or interfere in any way with a religious institution's doctrines, policies, teaching or practices regarding marriage.
After the legislation making the above changes was enacted in May, 2009, petitioners collected a sufficient number of signatures of registered voters to refer it to the people for a vote at a statewide election. The effect of the legislation has been suspended pending the outcome of the election.
A "YES" vote would reject the new law and continue to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.
A "NO" vote would allow the new law to take effect, permitting same-sex couples to marry.
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?