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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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Lesbian couple who won dream wedding contest withdraws due to family illness

| Sunday, April 14, 2013
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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.

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NOM argues in Maine that it doesn’t have to reveal donor list

| Thursday, April 11, 2013
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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.

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NOM headed back to court in Maine in ongoing effort to hide donor list

| Monday, April 8, 2013
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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.

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Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine supports marriage equality

| Friday, April 5, 2013
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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.

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Lesbian couple wins $100,000 Maine ‘dream wedding’ contest

| Sunday, March 24, 2013
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FREEPORT, Maine — A Maine magazine has awarded a wedding valued up to $100,000 to a same-sex couple for its annual wedding contest.

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

| Saturday, December 29, 2012
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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.

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Maine to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at midnight

| Friday, December 28, 2012
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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.

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Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

| Thursday, December 13, 2012
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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.

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Maine could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 29

| Monday, December 3, 2012
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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.

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Christian legal group: Gays can’t force Christian clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses

| Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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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."

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