Maine Initiative: Yes on Question 1!
What is A People’s Veto?
A People’s Veto is a simple and straightforward voter-initiated measure that gives voters the power to decide if they accept or reject an act of the legislature.
This People’s Veto seeks to repeal the recent same-sex marriage law (LD 1020) passed by Maine’s legislature.
Voting Yes on Question 1 to pass the People’s Veto will restore the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman by asking the citizens of Maine, “Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”
Marriage is a pillar of society and should be protected from distortion by politicians and gay marriage activists who want to redefine it to suit their objectives.
Voting Yes on Question 1 will preserve the centuries-old definition of marriage.
What does a Yes Vote Mean?
Voting Yes on Question 1 does several important things:
• It restores the definition of marriage to what Maine Law has always been and human history has understood marriage to be.
• It strengthens democracy and places the power to alter or overturn laws where it should be- with the people.
• It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage.
What does a NO Vote Mean?
If the People’s Veto is defeated, LD 1020 will take effect and the sanctity of marriage will be destroyed. Maine law will no longer promote monogamous marriages and the interests of children. Marriage’s powerful influence on the betterment of society will be lost.
The defeat of the People’s Veto would result in the very meaning of marriage being transformed into nothing more than a contractual relationship between adults.
No longer will the interests of children and families even be a consideration.
Defeat of the People’s Veto will mean that gay marriage activists will have been able to redefine marriage for all of society, even for those people who have deep objections to it.
The marriage of a man and a woman has been at the heart of society since the beginning of time.
It promotes the ideal opportunity for children to be raised by a mother and father in a family held together by the legal, communal and spiritual bonds of marriage.
And while divorce and death too frequently disrupt the ideal, as a society we should put the best interests of children first, and that is traditional marriage.
Voting No on Question 1 would destroy marriage as we know it and cause profound harm to society.
Will Question 1 take away any rights for gay and lesbian domestic partners?
Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto doesn’t take away any rights or benefits from gay or lesbian partners in the state of Maine.
Maine law guarantees gay couples many of the rights offered to heterosexual couples.
Passage of the People’s Veto will not change that.
Federal law controls other rights and changing the definition of marriage in Maine similarly won’t change that.
If A People’s Veto does not pass, will my children be forced to learn about gay marriage at school?
Without a People’s Veto, teachers will be required to teach young children that there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage and parents will lose control over what their kids learn in school about marriage and sexual orientation.
This is not a hypothesis.
It has already happened.
In states like Massachusetts where same-sex marriage has been legalized.
Children as young as second graders are taught that there is no difference between marriage and same-sex “marriages.”
Worse, parents who do not want their children exposed to this gay marriage instruction have been denied an opportunity to opt their children out. (See Parker vs. Hurley.)
Why is a People’s Veto needed? Don’t we already have a law clarifying the definition of marriage?
“An Act to Promote Marriage Equality and Affirm Religious Freedom” was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor on May 6, and is scheduled to take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the Legislature in mid-June.
Without a People’s Veto, Mainers will be denied the right that voters in 30 other states have already exercised, which is to decide this critically important question for ourselves.
It is wrong for politicians and gay marriage activists to redefine marriage for all of society without giving Maine voters an opportunity to have their say.
Who supports this initiative?
A wide range of national, state and local pro-family organizations, churches and individuals have formed a broad-based coalition to enact a People’s Veto.
People of a variety of different faiths stand united in preserving the definition of marriage in Maine.
To view a list of supporters, visit www.standformarriagemaine.com.
What will happen to the existing same-sex partnership laws if a People’s Veto is enacted?
All laws on the books regarding same-sex couples will remain intact.
Gays and lesbians in a committed relationship will continue to enjoy all the legal rights and benefits that married couples enjoy, under existing Maine law.
Voting Yes on Question 1- the People’s Veto does not affect those rights and benefits.
Where can I find more information about A People’s Veto or get involved in the campaign?
There are a number of ways to get involved with the campaign, including volunteering, donating and helping to spread the word about the importance of voting for a People’s Veto.