May 14, 2009

L.D. 1020: Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Rep. Dennis Damon

This bill would remove the provision of Maine law that currently prohibits same-sex marriage, and would redefine marriage as a legal union between two people who may or may not be of the same sex.


3/17/2009 Referred to Judiciary Committee
4/24/2009 Public hearing, 9:30 a.m., Cony High School, Augusta

This bill has passed the Maine legislature and has been signed by the governor.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Parental rights are a recognized constitutional right despite the fact that they are not explicitly stated in the Constitution. It is a fair question to ask: if they are implied rights rather than explicit rights, what is the source of parental rights?

Here is what the Supreme Court said in 2000 in the case of Troxel v. Granville:

“Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization concepts of the family as a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course.”

Thus, you can see that 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.

In a world which widely embraces the notions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is fanciful to believe that any other theory will arise to replace the traditions of western civilization as a basis for parental rights.

Therefore, HSLDA will continue to fight against same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage attacks the traditions of the family in western civilization. This is an attack on parental rights. This is a battle the homeschooling movement cannot afford to lose.

 Other Resources

E-lert—4/16/2009—Maine: Call Now to Protect Marriage and Parental Rights

Bill Text

Bill History