Maine's education commissioner is asking the state's attorney general to look into whether Maine's gay marriage law will affect public schools' curriculum. Education Commissioner Susan Gendron sent a letter to Attorney General Janet Mills yesterday asking for the analysis, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Gendron and Maine education officials have said that the law will have no affect on curriculum decisions, but Gendron says ads by opponents of the law have raised questions about its impact on schools, and superintendents are now fielding a lot of questions about the issue. "The commissioner felt it would be helpful to put this issue to rest," Gendron's spokesman David Connerty-Marin told the paper.
The law is on hold pending the outcome of a people's veto referendum on the November 3 ballot. Opponents of the repeal -- that is, supports of the gay marriage law -- say they welcome the analysis, claiming that the law has nothing to do with eudcation.
Gay marriage opponents who are support repealing the law say Gendron's request "smacks of a political stunt," according to the paper.