Maine Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

In November 2012, voters in Maine approved a ballot measure allowing the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The law became effective December 29, 2012. The 2012 vote overturned a 2009 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage.
Note: The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman (United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013)). The ruling requires equal treatment under federal law of spouses in legally recognized same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. Therefore, employee benefits such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, those regulated by federal law under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and federal income tax law must provide equally for those in same-sex and opposite-sex marriages.
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Maine's domestic partnership law provides limited rights for couples who choose to enter into a domestic partnership (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 2710). The term "domestic partners" is defined as two unmarried adults who are domiciled together under a long-term arrangement that evidences a commitment to remain responsible indefinitely for each other's welfare.
Registry. Domestic partners may register their partnership by jointly filing a sworn declaration of domestic partnership and paying the required fee.
Legal requirements. To register a domestic partnership, the partners must meet the following requirements:
• Each partner is a mentally competent adult.
• The partners are not impaired or related in a way that would prohibit marriage under state law.
• The partners have been legally domiciled together in the state for at ...

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