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PUBLIC LAWS OF MAINE
First Regular Session of the 118th

CHAPTER 65
I.P. 1 - L.D. 1017

An Act to Protect Traditional Marriage and Prohibit Same Sex Marriages

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 19 MRSA 2-A, 34 and 93 are enacted to read:

2-A. Findings and purposes

     All municipal clerks and courts of this State shall have a duty and shall be legally required to construe the provisions of Maine's marriage laws in accordance with the following findings and purposes:

     1. Findings. The people of the State of Maine find that:

     2. Purposes. The purposes of this chapter are:

34. Same sex marriage prohibited

     Persons of the same sex may not contract marriage.

93. Certain marriages performed in another state not recognized in this State

     Any marriage performed in another state that would violate any provision of section 31 to 34 if performed in this State is not recognized in this State and is considered void if the parties take up residence in this State.

     Sec. 2. 19-A MRSA 650 is enacted to read:

650. Findings and purposes

     All municipal clerks and courts of this State shall have a duty and shall be legally required to construe the provisions of Maine's marriage laws in accordance with the following findings and purposes:

     1. Findings. The people of the State of Maine find that:

     2. Purposes. The purposes of this chapter are:

     Sec. 3. 19-A MRSA 701, sub-1-A and 5 are enacted to read:

     1-A. Certain marriages performed in another state not recognized in this State. Any marriage performed in another state that would violate any provisions of subsections 2 to 5 if performed in this State is not recognized in this State and is considered void if the parties take up residence in this State.

     5. Same sex marriage prohibited. Persons of the same sex may not contract marriage.

Unless otherwise indicated, effective June 26, 1997.

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