Concerned Maine Families has begun (as of June 1, 1996) circulating petitions to place the following bill before the legislature, or send it to referendum. The words in italics are currently part of Maine law. The rest is new.

118th Maine Legislature



An Act to Protect Traditional Marriage and Prohibit Same-Sex Marriages

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Title 19 MRSA


(a) Findings -- The People of the State of Maine find that --

(1) the union of one man and one woman joined in traditional monogamous marriage is of inestimable value to society; the state has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children; and that the state has the compelling interest in promoting the moral values inherent in traditional monogamous marriage.

(b) Purposes -- The purposes of this chapter are:

(1) to encourage the traditional monogamous family unit as the basic building block of our society, the foundation of harmonious and enriching family life:

(2) to nurture, sustain and protect the traditional monogamous family in Maine society, its moral imperatives, its economic function and its unique contribution to the rearing of healthy children:

(3) to support and strengthen traditional monogamous Maine families against improper interference from out of state influences or edicts:

sec. 33 Polygamy and other relationships prohibited

(1) Marriages contracted while either of the parties has a former wife of husband not divorced, living, are void.

(2) Persons of the same sex shall not be permitted to contract marriage.

Sec. 93 Certain marriages performed in other states are not recognized in this state.

Any marriage performed in another state that would violate sec. 31, 32 or 33 of this Act if performed in this state will not be recognized in this state and will be considered void if the parties take up residence in this state.