Maine

Maine is the 23rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on March 15, 1820. Its capital is Augusta and largest city is Portland.

LGBT Rights in Maine: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maine on Dec. 29, 2012, approved by 53 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 7, 2012. The Maine Human Rights Act penalizes discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and education opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation or “actual or perceived” gender identity or expression.” Maine’s hate crimes law explicitly addresses sexual orientation, but not gender identity. Maine permits single LGBT persons and same-sex couples to petition to adopt.

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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ Read more → ]
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Maine state Senate rejects religious freedom bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have rejected a bill designed to strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in the state. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.

Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Thursday, January 30, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

Gay rights group rebuked for endorsing gay U.S. rep in Maine governor’s race

Friday, January 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A governor's race endorsement for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud by the group that successfully pushed for same-sex marriage in Maine drew a swift rebuke Thursday from independent Eliot Cutler, who pointed out inconsistencies in the congressman's record when it comes to supporting gay rights during his time in the state Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APIn this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, file photo, Steven Bridges, left, receives a wedding ring from Michael Snell at City Hall in Portland, Maine. The couple made history as the first same-sex couple to be married in the state under Maine's new law.

More than 1500 gay couples wed in Maine’s first year of marriage equality

Sunday, December 29, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- Steven Bridges and Michael Snell thought they knew what they were getting into a year ago when they went to City Hall to get married. But they didn't realize that they were about to become instant celebrities. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APU.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

Sunday, November 10, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- When the intensely private U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he's gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his "gaydar." [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

U.S. Congressman, Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

Monday, November 4, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay - a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid. [ Read more → ]
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Former president George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at gay wedding

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KENNEBUNK, Maine -- Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. [ Read more → ]
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Olympic snowboarder denounces Russian anti-gay law

Thursday, September 12, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott says the Winter Olympics in Russia could be tarnished because of Russian legislation that bans gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]
WCSH-TVRose Larkin (left) and Deb DeTuccio were among the ten couples married at Southern Maine Pride in Portland on Saturday.

Ten same-sex couples wed in group ceremony at Maine pride event

Sunday, June 16, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine — Ten same-sex couples exchanged vows Saturday during a group wedding in Portland's largest park during an annual gay pride parade and festival. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, outside the Penobscot Judicial Center, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Bangor, Maine.

Transgender student’s discrimination suit goes before Maine’s high court

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BANGOR, Maine -- Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine's highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators. [ Read more → ]
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Maine’s high court upholds subpoenas for NOM’s anti-gay marriage donors

Thursday, May 30, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage to keep its donor list confidential. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian couple who won dream wedding contest withdraws due to family illness

Sunday, April 14, 2013
FREEPORT, Maine -- The lesbian couple from Maine that won a magazine's dream wedding contest is withdrawing because one woman's father is in poor health. [ Read more → ]
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NOM argues in Maine that it doesn’t have to reveal donor list

Thursday, April 11, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A lawyer for the leading national advocacy group opposing same-sex marriage told Maine's highest court Thursday that the First Amendment shields it from having to reveal its donor list to state officials. [ Read more → ]
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NOM headed back to court in Maine in ongoing effort to hide donor list

Monday, April 8, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments this week on a national anti-gay-marriage group's efforts to keep its donor list confidential. [ Read more → ]
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Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine supports marriage equality

Friday, April 5, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, who as a senator voted for the federal Defense of Marriage Act, announced Friday that she now supports gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian couple wins $100,000 Maine ‘dream wedding’ contest

Sunday, March 24, 2013
FREEPORT, Maine — A Maine magazine has awarded a wedding valued up to $100,000 to a same-sex couple for its annual wedding contest. [ Read more → ]
Steven Bridges (left), and Michael-SnellImage via WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine.

‘All you need is love’ — Maine latest U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, December 29, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine -- Same-sex couples in Maine began exchanging wedding vows shortly after midnight on Saturday as the state's new marriage equality law took effect. Maine becomes the eighth U.S. state to legalize marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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Maine to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at midnight

Friday, December 28, 2012
In just hours, the city clerk's office in Portland, Maine, will begin issuing the state's first marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as Maine becomes the first state to legalize marriage equality by a popular vote of its citizens. [ Read more → ]
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Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. [ Read more → ]
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Maine could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 29

Monday, December 3, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's same-sex marriage law is expected to take effect on December 29, and it's likely that that some marriage licenses will be issued on that date, even though it falls on a Saturday. [ Read more → ]
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Christian legal group: Gays can’t force Christian clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Christian legal group on Monday sent a memorandum to marriage officials in the three states where gay marriage was legalized in last week's elections, advising them they "do not have to violate their faith or conscience by personally issuing licenses to applicants who are of the same sex." [ Read more → ]
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Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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