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Same-Sex Marriage in Maine
Last updated: January 2021

Introduction

This legislative history includes proposed and enacted legislation related to same-sex marriage (1970 to present).






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Year LD Amendments Final Disposition Legislative Record
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1996 LD 1448

An Act to Reconcile Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Sexual Orientation and Related Matters
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
1997 LD 1017, IB 1

An Act to Protect Traditional Marriage and Prohibit Same Sex Marriages
Enacted with amendment:

H-104
PL 1997, c. 65 House, March 25, 1997
p. H-330-H-333

Senate, March 26, 1997
p. S-380-S-386
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Yes
2003 LD 1138

An Act To Enhance the Economic Security of Maine's Families and Children
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2005 LD 1196

An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation
Enacted with amendment:

H-92

Proposed amendments:

H-82     H-89
H-83     H-94
H-84     H-95
H-85     S-38
H-86     S-44
H-87     S-48
H-88
PL 2005, c. 10

Survived People's Veto at Nov. 8, 2005 referendum
Senate, March 28, 2005
p. S-336-S-340

House, March 29, 2005
p. H-291-H-307

Senate, March 29, 2005
p. S-349-S-351

Senate, March 29, 2005
p. S-353-S-355

Senate, March 30, 2005
p. S-365-S-366
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Yes
2005 LD 1294

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Define Marriage
Proposed amendments:

H-648
H-659
ONTP House, June 7, 2005
p. H-910-H-913

Senate, June 8, 2005
p. S-1190-S-1191
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Yes
2009 LD 1020

An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom
Enacted with amendment:

S-109

Proposed amendments:

S-110     S-115
S-112     H-230
S-113
S-114
PL 2009, c. 82

Repealed by People's Veto at Nov. 3, 2009 referendum
Senate, April 30, 2009
p. S-525-S-533

Senate, April 30, 2009
p. S-533-S-535

House, May 5, 2009
p. H-395-H-413

Senate, May 6, 2009
p. S-579-S-580
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Yes
2009 LD 1118

An Act To Expand Rights for Maine Families
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2011 LD 1860

An Act To Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom
N/A IB 2011, c. 1

Approved at Nov. 6, 2012 referendum

Yes:  372,887
No:   334,723
 No debate. N/A Yes