Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married on Saturday December 29th, 2012.
If you are planning to get a marriage license you should call your local town office to find out if they’re going to be open that day and whether you need to make an appointment. You can find the phone number for your town office by going to www.maine.gov/local.
If you’d like to actually marry on December 29th or 31st, you should make arrangements with your local town office ahead of time. Some towns are providing officials who can marry you and some are not.
As luck would have it we just happen to have an excellent suggestion for the perfect officiant. A Master Mariner and Notary Public, our own Captain Ken Barnes has thirty-five years experience officiating at many marriage ceremonies, both at sea and onshore anywhere in Maine. He looks forward to facilitating same-sex couples to be able to stand before their friends, family and community and make a lasting vow to be there for one another. While he’d be performing a “civil ceremony”, it needn’t be devoid of special meaning or spirituality. Your wedding day is a very special day. Call 207-594-2364 or 596-7950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since Captain Barnes also owns the Inn, intimate weddings can be hosted here. He can marry you in front of the fireplace in our lovely living room, or in another venue of your choosing anywhere in the state of Maine.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) offers these tips on getting married:• To get a license, a couple must go to the clerk’s office in the city or town where either one lives.
• Once a license is issued, a couple has 90 days to get married.
• A marriage can be performed by a justice of the peace, a judge, a notary public, an attorney or an ordained clergy member.
• The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people other than the officiant, and signed by the couple, the officiant and witnesses.
• The officiant must return the marriage certificate to the town clerk within seven days of the ceremony.For help with other legal questions surrounding Maine’s new marriage law, use the GLAD Legal Info Line by clicking here. Or by calling: 1-800-455-GLAD (4523).
For a more complete look at the legal side of getting married in Maine, download GLAD’s “Marriage in Maine: The Basics” by clicking here.
To view the Webinar that was co-hosted by GLAD, EqualityMaine and the Maine Women’s Lobby, click here.