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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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Maine school district faces lawsuit over anti-gay bullying allegations

Monday, December 22, 2014
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The Maine Human Rights Commission plans legal action over a student who said he was bullied, harassed and assaulted by other students who thought he was gay. [...]

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Maine school district ordered to pay $75K in transgender discrimination suit

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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.
ORONO, Maine -- A Maine court has awarded a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom. Nicole Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January before the Maine Supreme Judicial [...]

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Mike Michaud loses bid to become nation’s first elected openly gay governor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (R-Maine)
PORTLAND, Maine — Outspoken Republican Governor Paul LePage narrowly won reelection, with openly gay Democrat Mike Michaud conceding defeat early Wednesday morning in Maine’s heated three-way race. [...]

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could [...]

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First Lady campaigns for openly gay gubernatorial candidate in Maine

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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ORONO, Maine -- First lady Michelle Obama was in Maine on Friday stumping for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who is seeking to unseat GOP Gov. Paul LePage in November. If victorious, Michaud would make history by becoming the first openly gay candidate ever elected governor of a state. [...]

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Michaud poised to make history in Maine without the help of gay donors

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally after the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine is poised to make history in November by becoming the first openly gay candidate ever elected governor of a state. But if victorious, Michaud -- who came out as gay last year -- will have gotten there with little help from the nation’s most [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine. [...]

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Gay U.S. Congressman, gubernatorial candidate leads Maine pride parade

Saturday, June 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
PORTLAND, Maine -- A Democratic candidate who reluctantly came out of the closet last year found himself serving as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade and festival Saturday and urged activists to continue fighting to eliminate discrimination and promote equality. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who would [...]

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Maine primary winner could become youngest openly LGBT state lawmaker

Friday, June 13, 2014
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Ryan Fecteau emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for Maine's 11th House district on Tuesday, a development that could make him the youngest serving openly LGBT state lawmaker. Fecteau, 21, led opponent David Flood by a 493 to 263 vote margin with 100% of precincts reporting. [...]

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Maine Ethics Commission fines NOM, orders it to reveal campaign donors

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's ethics panel on Wednesday fined the National Organization for Marriage more than $50,000 and ordered it to file a campaign finance report that would reveal the donors behind the 2009 repeal of the state's same-sex marriage law after finding that it violating Maine's campaign finance laws. [...]

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