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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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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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Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

| Thursday, November 15, 2012
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The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign.

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Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

| Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday.

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

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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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.

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Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

By Ken Williams| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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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.

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GOP lawmaker cites deceased gay brother as he fights same-sex marriage

| Monday, November 5, 2012
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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.

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Final polls indicate marriage equality headed for passage in Maine

| Monday, November 5, 2012
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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.

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Obama calls for support of state marriage equality ballot initiatives

| Thursday, October 25, 2012
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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.

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Bloomberg pledges additional $500,000 to support marriage equality campaigns

| Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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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.

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Vermont couple who lost discrimination suit films anti-gay marriage ad in Maine

| Monday, October 22, 2012
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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.

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