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Gay rights group rebuked for endorsing gay U.S. rep in Maine governor’s race

Friday, January 3, 2014
Mike Michaud
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A governor's race endorsement for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud by the group that successfully pushed for same-sex marriage in Maine drew a swift rebuke Thursday from independent Eliot Cutler, who pointed out inconsistencies in the congressman's record ...

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More than 1500 gay couples wed in Maine’s first year of marriage equality

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Robert F. Bukaty, APIn this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, file photo, Steven Bridges, left, receives a wedding ring from Michael Snell at City Hall in Portland, Maine. The couple made history as the first same-sex couple to be married in the state under Maine's new law.
PORTLAND, Maine -- Steven Bridges and Michael Snell thought they knew what they were getting into a year ago when they went to City Hall to get married. But they didn't realize that they were about to become instant celebrities. ...

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Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Robert F. Bukaty, APU.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)
PORTLAND, Maine -- When the intensely private U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he's gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his "gaydar." ...

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U.S. Congressman, Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

Monday, November 4, 2013
Mike Michaud
PORTLAND, Maine -- A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay - a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken ...

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Former president George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at gay wedding

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KENNEBUNK, Maine -- Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. ...

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. ...

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Olympic snowboarder denounces Russian anti-gay law

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Seth Wescott
PORTLAND, Maine -- Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott says the Winter Olympics in Russia could be tarnished because of Russian legislation that bans gay "propaganda." ...

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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 ...

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013
NOM sought to delay filing of the report, pending the outcome of its appeal in court of the commission's decision.
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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