Maine Parental Rights Amendment Headed to Committee

We are excited to let you know that L.D. 1953, a proposed parental rights amendment to the Maine Constitution, will be heard by the Committee on Judiciary tomorrow, May 24, at 10 AM in the State House, Room 438.

This powerful amendment to the Maine Constitution will establish that “All parental rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child in this State without obstruction or interference from the State, any of its political subdivisions, including, but not limited to, a school board, school district or school administrative unit, or any other governmental entity.”

If passed by the Maine Legislature and adopted by Maine voters as a part of the Maine Constitution, Maine would become the first state in the nation to explicitly protect parental rights in a state constitution.

Please call your Maine State Representative and ask him or her to support L.D. 1953. Your message can be as simple as the following:

Please stand with families in Maine and support L.D. 1953 to protect parental rights in the text of the Maine Constitution. This powerful amendment will protect parental rights in Maine for generations to come.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has protected parental rights as fundamental for the past 100 years (you can read our recent amicus curiae brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeals laying out this history), it is imperative that we put this language into the Maine Constitution to make sure that future courts do not weaken parental rights. You can find more helpful resources about why this language is so important here.

Please forward this email to a couple of friends and family in Maine and ask them to also contact their representatives and ask them to support HL.D. 1953. Together, we can protect families in Maine for generations to come!