Governor Signs LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom
Governor’s Office, Maine.gov, May 6, 2009
Today Governor John E. Baldacci signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.
Just when I was beginning to think I couldn’t be any prouder to be a Mainer, this. Hooray for Maine!
In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Governor Baldacci said. “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.
Bravo, Governor. Bravo!
Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships, including, but not limited to, “spouse,” “family,” “marriage,” “immediate family,” “dependent,” “next of kin,” “bride,” “groom,” “husband,” “wife,” “widow” and “widower,” 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.
~SP0384, LD 1020, § 650-A. Codification of marriage