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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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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.