Maine Notaries Warned Not To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Notaries public in Maine have the option to officiate weddings, but they’ve been warned if they do not to discriminate against same-sex couples. The Maine Secretary of State distributed an email explaining that the new marriage equality law that takes effect at the end of the month does not contain an exemption for the state’s 25,000 notaries like it does religious clergy. Opponents of marriage equality have sensibly advised notaries who would not perform a same-sex marriage to stop performing marriages entirely to avoid claims of discrimination against them. The Maine Human Rights Act protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation.