Maine becomes fifth state to legalize Same Sex Marriage
May 6, 2009 Leave a comment
Today Governor John Baldacci signed a bill into law legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of Maine. Entitled An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom</strong>, this law states that “Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people” and further states that “Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships” …… and “must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law”.
Maine joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in legalizing same sex marriage, and is the second state (Vermont was the first) to accomplish this through legislative process.
And just 3 minutes ago, the House or Representative in New Hampshire passed a similar bill. It is now in the hands of Governor John Lynch to either sign or veto. In the past he has stated that he believed New Hampshire’s civil unions law provided same-sex couples with the same rights as married couples.
Massachusetts was the first state in the U.S. to allow same sex marriage. This came as a result of a court ruling in the case Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health(798 NE2d 941)