As the ballot counting continued well past midnight, the margin continued to grow - with Gay marriage advocates, who gathered in a ballroom at a Portland hotel, spent much of the evening dancing and cheering, but grew more subdued as the hours passed and the votes favoring a repeal of the gay-marriage law pulled steadily ahead. No on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly vowed to continue counting votes into this morning, but even he seemed to concede that they had lost this battle.
Maine repealed its statutory criminalization of same-sex sexual activity in Maine originally banned marriage for same sex couples in Maine established domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in April
Latest Development: The U. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether marriage is limited to relationships between a man and a woman or is extended to same-sex couples.
Codification of marriage. Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law. Recognition of marriage licensed and certified in another jurisdiction.
It is only fitting to end this timeline with the following quote from that decision:. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
Optional email code. Summary: A voter referendum rejecting a bill legalizing marriage equality in Maine. Three years the outcome of the referendum was reversed when Maine voters passed Question 1 see below.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. The referendum was a reversal of action on a similar bill three years earlier. On May 6,a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maine was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci following legislative approval.
Licenses were issued just after midnight as a state law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect. Among the newly married couples were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who held a commitment ceremony six years ago but made things official with a simple ceremony. Bridges said.
Maine voters today repealed a state law that would have allowed gay couples to marry. The outcome represents a significant defeat for the gay rights movement, particularly because it happened in a north-eastern New England state — the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage. A "people's veto" of a law passed this spring, which made Maine the sixth state to extend marriage to same-sex couples, was on the ballot.
The tide of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples -- which has swept across New England in recent months -- has stopped at Maine. Voters rejected a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. The repeal comes just six months after the measure was passed by the Maine legislature and signed by the Democratic Gov. John Baldacci.