Question 1 is simple to understand. Read it for yourself. Below you'll see how marriage is defined in current law. This language will be deleted from Maine law unless a "Yes" vote prevails on Question 1 on November 3, 2009.
Then you can read below exactly how marriage will be redefined in Maine law if a "No" vote prevails on Question 1 on November 3, 2009.
CURRENT MAINE LAW DEFINING MARRIAGE
1. Findings. The people of the State of Maine find that:
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.
Purposes. The purposes of this chapter are:
To encourage the traditional monogamous family unit as the basic building block of our society, the foundation of harmonious and enriching family life;
To nurture, sustain and protect the traditional monogamous family unit in Maine society, its moral imperatives, its economic function and its unique contribution to the rearing of healthy children; and
To support and strengthen traditional monogamous Maine families against improper interference from out-of-state influences or edicts.
MAINE LAW DEFINING MARRIAGE IF QUESTION 1 BECOMES LAW
Codification of marriage
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.
Recognition of marriage licensed and certified in another jurisdiction
A marriage of a same-sex couple that is validly licensed and certified in another jurisdiction is recognized for all purposes under the laws of this State.