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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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Ten same-sex couples wed in group ceremony at Maine pride event

Sunday, June 16, 2013
WCSH-TVRose Larkin (left) and Deb DeTuccio were among the ten couples married at Southern Maine Pride in Portland on Saturday.
PORTLAND, Maine — Ten same-sex couples exchanged vows Saturday during a group wedding in Portland's largest park during an annual gay pride parade and festival. [...]

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Transgender student’s discrimination suit goes before Maine’s high court

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, outside the Penobscot Judicial Center, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Bangor, Maine.
BANGOR, Maine -- Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine's highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators. [...]

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Maine’s high court upholds subpoenas for NOM’s anti-gay marriage donors

Thursday, May 30, 2013
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PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage to keep its donor list confidential. [...]

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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
Steven Bridges (left), and Michael-SnellImage via WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine.
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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