AG: Gay marriage law won't dictate curricula

AUGUSTA -- Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says Maine's gay marriage law will have no impact on curricula in the public schools.

Mills issued an opinion today in response to a query by Education Commissioner Susan Gendron. The question comes up as voters decide whether to repeal Maine's newly enacted same-sex marriage law Nov. 3 or let it stand.

In her response to Gendron, Mills says the law applies to issues such as inheritance, rights to tort claim damages, medical information and guardianship. Mills says she found no references in Maine's laws to the teaching of marriage in the public school curricula.

Mills also says that neither Maine's law nor a Massachusetts court decision on the issue "requires" or "allows" the teaching of any particular subject in schools.