Marriage Equality Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

Marriage matters! The legislation passed by politicians in Augusta (LD1020) completely eliminates Maine’s commitment to promoting monogamous marriages between a man and a woman and eliminates any interest that children have in the state promoting marriage

The Legislature has thrown on the scrap heap Maine’s historic commitment to promoting marriage as an essential building block of society. This critical section of law has been entirely repealed! No longer does Maine promote marriage as being a foundation for a harmonious and enriching family life. No longer does Maine law encourage monogamous marriages. More troubling, the interests of children in having strong marriages in Maine have been completely eliminated.

Voting Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto ensures that voters, not politicians, have the right to decide whether same-sex marriage will be legalized in Maine.

Thirty other states in America have had an opportunity to decide for themselves whether same-sex marriage will become legalized in their state.

Every state that has considered this issue has decided against legalizing same-sex marriage and has instead upheld traditional marriage.

Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto will give the voters of Maine a chance to decide this issue directly.

We are confident they will stand up for restoring the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and as centuries of law and tradition has held.

Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto is simple and straightforward.

The state of Maine allows for a People’s Veto in order to ensure democracy by protecting the right of its citizens to play a part in the law-making process.

Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto will place the option to legalize same-sex marriage out of the hands of politicians and into the hands of the voting public- where it belongs.

An issue as important of abandoning the institution of marriage should be decided by the voters.

Voting Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle.

A People’s Veto doesn’t take away any rights or benefits from gay or lesbian partners.

Maine law guarantees gay couples many of the rights offered to heterosexual couples.

Voting Yes on Question 1 will not take any of those rights away.

Federal law controls these rights and maintaining the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman in Maine won’t change that.

Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto protects our children.

Voting Yes on Question 1 and passing a People’s Veto of the same-sex marriage law recently passed by the legislature protects our children from being taught in public schools that same-sex marriage is the same as traditional marriage.

Without a People’s Veto, parents will lose control over what their kids learn in school about marriage.

This is not a hypothesis.

It has already happened.

In states like Massachusetts where same-sex marriage has been legalized, children as young as the second grade are being taught in school that they can grow up to marry either a boy or a girl, and either option is the same.

Parents who have objected were told they had no right to an opt-out to protect their children from being taught about gay marriage. (See Parker vs. Hurley.)

Yes on Question 1, the People’s Veto protects marriage as an essential institution of society.

Yes on Question 1, the People’s Veto protects marriage and the important role of a traditional family.

While death, divorce or other circumstances may prevent the ideal, the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father.

Voting Yes on Question 1, A People’s Veto does three simple things.

  • It restores the definition of marriage to what Maine law has always been and what human history has always understood marriage to be.
  • It strengthens democracy and places the power to alter or overturn laws where it always should be- with the people.
  • It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage.

Vote Yes on Question 1!