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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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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 elite LGBT donors and professional activists.

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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 become ...

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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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National Organization for Marriage may face $50,000 fine in Maine

Monday, May 19, 2014
NOM president Brian Brown
AUGUSTA, Maine -- The National Organization for Marriage, the anti-gay marriage group that helped defeat Maine's same-sex marriage law in 2009 may be fined more than $50,000 and ordered to reveal its donors, after an ethics investigation released Monday found that it violated the state's campaign finance law.

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Maine GOP didn’t get the message that voters legalized same-sex marriage

Sunday, April 27, 2014
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BANGOR – Maine Republicans kicked off their convention on Friday by adopting a new platform that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, despite the fact that the state’s voters have already decided the issue.

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

Friday, February 28, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
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.

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Maine state Senate rejects religious freedom bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Maine state capitol in Agusta.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have rejected a bill designed to strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in the state.

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