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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Maine marriage PAC distributes flyers attacking ‘sodomy based marriage’

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Opponents of a marriage equality referendum that would allow Maine voters to reverse their 2009 decision and legalize same-sex marriage when the issue is again considered at the ballot box later this year, have launched a “No Special Rights PAC," encouraging supporters to use the term "sodomy-based marriage." [ Read more → ]

New poll in Maine: Voter support for same-sex marriage increasing

Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Maine People’s Resource Center has released the results of a new public opinion poll of likely Maine 2012 voters, and shows support for marriage equality has increased to 58 percent, with opposition about 40 percent. [ Read more → ]
Julia and

‘Gay? Fine by me’ t-shirts gain student support at Maine high school

Thursday, March 29, 2012
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- When a high school math teacher hung a t-shirt containing the message, “gay? fine by me” in her classroom, she was expecting it might elicit some reactions, but was surprised when dozens of students said they wanted a t-shirt like it of their own. [ Read more → ]

New polling reveals increasing support for marriage equality

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- There's been a ton of new polling data from around the country, and it's all encouraging. And more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage: they're under investigation by the Minnesota Elections Board, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to play along with their attempts to hide donors. [ Read more → ]

Poll suggests Maine voters likely to approve same-sex marriage this fall

Thursday, March 8, 2012
A new poll suggests that Maine voters are likely to reverse their 2009 decision and legalize same-sex marriage when the issue is once again considered at the ballot box later this year. [ Read more → ]
Olympia Snowe

LGBT-friendly, moderate GOP senator Olympia Snowe announces retirement

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, whom most political insiders agreed is one of the few remaining Republican moderates, announced Tuesday that she will retire at the end of her current term. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects NOM appeal over Maine campaign finance disclosure law

Monday, February 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a constitutional challenge to Maine's campaign finance laws brought by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). [ Read more → ]

Maine marriage equality advocates qualify for second ballot referendum

Saturday, February 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Three years after Maine voters rejected same-sex marriage, advocates have gathered the required number of verified signatures to put the issue of marriage equality back on the November 2012 ballot, according to Maine’s Secretary of State, Charlie Summers. [ Read more → ]

In reversal, same-sex marriage advocates playing offense

Friday, February 24, 2012
The issue of same-sex marriage has returned to the national stage in an unprecedented way as numerous states throughout the country are seeing action on the issue. [ Read more → ]

Three states make major advances towards full marriage equality

Monday, February 6, 2012
Another crazy week, with news in the Prop 8 case and major advances in Washington, Maryland, and New Jersey. And yet another court has slapped down NOM's attempts to hide their donors. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court upholds Maine law requiring anti-gay NOM to release donor list

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maine's campaign disclosure law that requires the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage to release its donor list, but the group vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent revealing who financed a $1.8 million movement that helped overturn the state's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]

Maine voters likely to reconsider marriage equality this year

Thursday, January 26, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Marriage equality is headed back to the ballot for a second time in Maine, as gay rights advocates on Thursday submitted petitions signed by 105,000 voters, far more than the 57,277 needed to force a referendum in November. [ Read more → ]

2011: An ‘epic year of transformation’ for marriage equality in the U.S.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
One leading advocate called 2011 an “epic” year for marriage equality. Was it? While only one state -- New York -- enacted full marriage rights for same-sex couples, it was the most populous state to do so. Five other states also moved closer to marriage equality than ever before. Public opinion shifted dramatically towards supporting equality. And the Obama administration announced that it no longer considers a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act constitutional. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality activists raising the stakes from coast to coast

Monday, November 14, 2011
A victory for DOMA repeal in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but now it faces even greater hurdles in the full Senate. An election night victory in Iowa means marriage is safe, for now; but polling in Minnesota shows cause for alarm. Activists raise the stakes in Washington, Maryland, Oregon, and Maine. [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage supporters exceed petition goal to force ballot initiative

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Maine have surpassed their goal of gathering more than 75,000 petition signatures necessary to put the question on next year’s ballot. [ Read more → ]

More positive polling for gay marriage, and a boost from flight attendants

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
More positive polling in Maine and Washington. Gay couples get a green light to sue over civil unions in New Jersey. A vote on DOMA gets postponed until next week. And marriage equality gets a boost from the National Association of Flight Attendants. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]

Obama addresses HRC, anti-gay NC Senator is a liar, RI and Maine Senators on DOMA

Monday, October 3, 2011
President Obama's doing everything right for the LGBT community -- except marriage. An anti-gay senator from North Carolina is things up again. And Senators in Rhode Island and Maine need to hear from you. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]
NOM Chairman Maggie Gallagher

NOM’s 2009 victory in Maine comes back to haunt the anti-gay organization

Thursday, September 8, 2011
The National Organization for Marriage loses another round in court against Maine's disclosure laws. Meanwhile, a soon-to-be released documentary threatens to expose the questionable tactics of those the organization employed to defeat Maine's marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Appeals court refuses to grant NOM rehearing in Maine campaign donor case

Thursday, September 8, 2011
A federal appeals court in Boston on Wednesday denied a request by attorneys for the National Organization for Marriage to hold a rehearing on the court's decision last month against the NOM. [ Read more → ]

What are the Proposition 8 proponents trying to hide?

Monday, August 29, 2011
Just what are the Prop 8 proponents trying to hide, and why are they afraid to let the public see their witnesses being cross-examined? We may find out after a hearing on Monday. Also, John Boehner's defense of DOMA is found to be full of junk science, a semi-reprieve for LGBTs fearing deportation, and there's lots of work still to do in Maine. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay NOM still circumventing campaign finance laws for donor secrecy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The nation’s leading anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, opposes marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and earlier this month, many of the leading Republican presidential candidates signed NOM’s pledge calling for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. NOM has... [ Read more → ]

Push to reclaim marriage equality in Maine off to positive start

Monday, August 22, 2011
Organizers of the effort to reclaim marriage equality in Maine are predicting that the efforts underway to restore same-sex marriage are off to a positive start. [ Read more → ]

Morgan Freeman and friends to headline play based on Proposition 8 trial

Monday, August 22, 2011
This week's all about Minnesota, Maine, North Carolina, Colorado, and Broadway. All four of those states have months of bitter fighting over marriage to look forward to, with millions of dollars likely to be spent on both sides. Fortunately, we've got a secret weapon: Morgan Freeman. [ Read more → ]

NOM slapped down by the courts while its bus tour is flopping hard

Friday, August 12, 2011
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has again ruled against the National Organization for Marriage’s attempts to challenge the “constitutionality of a Rhode Island election law requiring the reporting of so-called ‘independent expenditures.’” [ Read more → ]

Impact of New York’s marriage equality law is already spreading

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
This week: Rhode Island is getting civil unions, Maine will collect signatures to overturn that state's marriage ban, and seven couples have sued New Jersey to do the same there. The AMA endorsed marriage equality, the NOM won't be allowed to use secret donors in Minnesota, the DOJ sided against DOMA in one case and with DOMA in another. [ Read more → ]
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