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July 10, 2007

L.D. 779: Bill to Remove the Authorization of Clergy to Solemnize Marriages

Sponsor:
Rep. Boyd Marley

Summary:
This bill removes the authorization of clergy members to solemnize marriages.

Status:

3/13/2007 This bill is awaiting action by the Judiciary committee

This bill failed to pass out of its house of origin, and is now dead.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose. This bill is an attack on traditional marriage. According to the United States Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville, parental rights are based on “western civilization concepts of the family.” When those concepts are no longer the legal definition of the family in this nation, then the foundation upon which parental rights are based is completely removed. Therefore, HSLDA will continue to fight against laws that change the traditional concept of marriage. Bills like this are an attack on parental rights. This is a battle the homeschooling movement cannot afford to lose.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

 Other Resources

March-12-2007—Maine—Calls Needed to Preserve Traditional Marriage

March-14-2007—Maine—Bill Outlawing Clergy from Solemnizing Marriages Stopped Cold

Bill Text

Bill History