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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Historic: Maine voters legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In a historic and landmark vote, the state of Maine has legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote, becoming the first state in the nation to pass a marriage equality measure at the ballot box. [ Read more → ]
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Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While voters across America have never approved of same-sex marriage at the ballot box, final polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington show that marriage equality is poised to make history today. [ Read more → ]
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GOP lawmaker cites deceased gay brother as he fights same-sex marriage

Monday, November 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A Republican state lawmaker in Maine urged voters to reject the marriage equality ballot initiative while invoking the memory of his deceased gay brother, who was in a 25+ year relationship with his partner. [ Read more → ]
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Final polls indicate marriage equality headed for passage in Maine

Monday, November 5, 2012
The ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine has a 13 percentage point lead over opponents in the latest poll conducted by Critical Insights for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. [ Read more → ]
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Obama calls for support of state marriage equality ballot initiatives

Thursday, October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his support for marriage equality, and called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. [ Read more → ]
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Bloomberg pledges additional $500,000 to support marriage equality campaigns

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that he'll spend another $500,000 of his personal fortune to support marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state in an effort to help the campaigns raise an equal amount. [ Read more → ]
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Vermont couple who lost discrimination suit films anti-gay marriage ad in Maine

Monday, October 22, 2012
A Vermont couple who agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from New York who claimed that their Inn refused to host their wedding reception because they were a same-sex couple, appear in a new ad advocating against same-sex marriage in neighboring Maine. [ Read more → ]
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NOM mastermind Frank Schubert makes millions selling LGBT discrimination

Friday, October 19, 2012
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, according to NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Catholic Church, NOM responsible for 60 percent of anti-gay marriage funding in ballot states

Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination, according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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HRC commits additional $1 million to marriage equality campaigns

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign on Friday announced it was committing an additional $1 million to the marriage equality campaigns in the four states with ballot initiatives this November. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. senators from Maine neutral on marriage ballot initiative

Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Republican U.S. senators from Maine are no taking no position on the Maine marriage ballot initiative just weeks before voters will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage at the polls. [ Read more → ]
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Polls in Washington, Maine, Maryland show voter support for same-sex marriage

Monday, October 8, 2012
Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state may be among the first ever to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box, as recent polling suggests marriage equality bills gaining support leading up to the November general election. [ Read more → ]
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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses NOM’s challenge to Maine donor laws

Monday, October 1, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied another request from an anti-gay group challenging financial disclosure laws in Maine that require the organization to reveal who donated to the 2009 marriage ballot initiative campaign. [ Read more → ]
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NOM pumping $250K into anti-gay marriage campaign in Maine

Saturday, September 22, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine -- The National Organization for Marriage on Thursday transferred $250,000 to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, to aid in spearheading the campaign against Maine's November ballot initiative seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins becomes first GOP co-sponsor of UAFA

Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Republican senator from Maine credited with being a leader in the legislative effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has signed on to legislation that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign same-sex partners for residency in the United States. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Thursday, September 6, 2012
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Thursday launched the "United for Marriage" campaign, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]
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Is 2012 shaping up as the year of marriage equality?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Republican National Convention gets down to business today in Tampa, Fla., where delegates are expected to overwhelmingly pass the Republican Party platform that is unequivocally against marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Despite that, could 2012 turn out to be the year of marriage equality? [ Read more → ]
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HRC infuses $1 million additional funds to fight marriage referendums in four states

Monday, August 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced a further $1 million cash infusion adding to earlier funding and significant on-the-ground work in the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures in November – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. [ Read more → ]
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Roundup: Dueling briefs in leadup to Supreme Court fight, flawed study on gay parenting

Monday, July 16, 2012
The Defense of Marriage Act has some powerful enemies, with strongly-worded opposition coming this week from some familiar names. A flawed study on LGBT parenting is also under attack, with its author now under investigation. All that and some good news coming out of Maine. [ Read more → ]
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Maine same-sex marriage ballot measure gets majority nod in latest polling

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine -- A new statewide poll in Maine published Tuesday found that 57 percent of the state's voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and that only 35 percent remain opposed. [ Read more → ]
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Latest Maine poll suggests voters likely to approve same-sex marriage

Monday, June 18, 2012
A November ballot referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine appears likely to pass, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted last week by WBUR Radio, follows the indicators of recent national polls, which show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Gay candidates win primaries in California, Nevada, Maine

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nevada and Maine could see the number of openly gay state lawmakers triple after Victory Fund-endorsed candidates advanced in primary elections this week, while in California, nine LGBT state legislative candidates won their primaries, setting the state up to elect the largest LGBT caucus ever. [ Read more → ]
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Churches to pass collection plate to fight marriage equality in Maine

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Churches across the state of Maine will pass the collection plate at Sunday services on Father's Day to raise funds for the lead group opposing the state's November ballot initiative seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]
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