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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Maine marriage equality advocates launch campaign to put issue on 2012 ballot

Thursday, June 30, 2011
More than 150 LGBT advocates gathered on the steps of the Lewiston, Maine, City Hall on Thursday to announce a campaign to put the issue of marriage equality back on the ballot in 2012, just three years after it was rejected by Maine voters. [ Read more → ]
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Maine openly gay teens crowned prom king and queen

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A beautiful story out of southern Maine (one of only two New England States not recognizing marriage equality) -- 17 year-old Christian Nelsen was just crowned Sanford High School’s Prom Queen. [ Read more → ]
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Bangor man arrested after calling San Francisco visitors gay slur

Thursday, April 21, 2011
A Bangor, Maine resident was arrested for disorderly conduct on Tuesday evening after he repeatedly called a man from San Francisco a gay slur, resulting in a fight at a Longhorn Steakhouse. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality opponent expresses regret for false claims in Maine repeal

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In "Question 1," a new documentary filmed during Maine's successful "Yes on 1" campaign to repeal the state's marriage equality law, reveals that "Yes On "1 chairman Marc Mutty acknowledges his campaign's claim that "same-sex marriage will be taught in schools" was untrue. [ Read more → ]
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Judge upholds Maine campaign finance challenge brought by anti-gay NOM

Sunday, February 20, 2011
A federal judge has ruled that Maine's campaign finance disclosure law is constitutional, rejecting a challenge by the National Organization for Marriage over its refusal to disclose identities of donors who contributed to its anti-gay marriage campaign. [ Read more → ]

Maine HS student holds marriage equality rally

Monday, November 23, 2009
BANGOR, Maine — Who can marry and who can’t comes down to who has a Y chromosome and who doesn’t, a Bangor High School student told a crowd of more than 60 people gathered Sunday in Pickering Square in support of same-sex marriage in Maine,... [ Read more → ]

CNN panel debates gay marriage, Tuesday’s loss in Maine

Thursday, November 5, 2009
CNN's Anderson Cooper and his panel debate gay marriage and Tuesday's loss at the ballot box in Maine. On Wednesday night's the panel with Cooper: Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom To Marry, and gay rights opponent Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council. Said... [ Read more → ]

Election night brings victory and defeat for gay candidates, issues across the nation

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was to be a night of hope and promise for the LGBT community, but instead the crushing defeat of Maine's gay marriage law delivered another setback for gay rights advocates and overshadowed many other victories at the ballot box Tuesday. In Maine, voters on... [ Read more → ]
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Maine votes to repeal gay marriage law

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Maine voters on Tuesday rejected a law allowing gay marriage, a closely fought referendum on the one year anniversary of a similar outcome in California. Repealing the law passed by the legislature last May is another setback for gay-rights advocates, and makes Maine the third... [ Read more → ]

Heavy voter turnout has Maine gay marriage advocates hopeful

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
With polls closing in less than an hour, Maine is reporting unusually high voter turnout today, a sign that has gay marriage advocates hopeful. With polls showing a closely divided electorate, advocates on both sides of the issue predict it will be a long night... [ Read more → ]

All eyes on Maine as voters decide on gay marriage; latest poll a ‘nail-biter’

Monday, November 2, 2009
On Tuesday, Maine residents will have their say in the nationwide debate over gay marriage. Voters there will decide whether to repeal a law that would allow gay marriage. The law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci last May... [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage to be decided by ‘razor-thin election’

Saturday, October 31, 2009
One year after California’s electorate ended same-sex marriage in the Golden State, voters in Maine are preparing to decide whether to allow gay nuptials. To avoid another defeat, supporters of same-sex marriage were ramping up their grassroots efforts in advance of Tuesday’s vote on the... [ Read more → ]

Maddow speaks with Maine governor over upcoming gay marriage vote

Friday, October 30, 2009
Rachel Maddow spoke with Maine’s Governor John Baldacci Thursday night about the attempt to repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law, enacted in May, but up for a vote in next Tuesday's election. Not too long ago, Baldacci stood against gay marriage, but has since had a... [ Read more → ]

Dueling ads released as Maine gay marriage vote draws near

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Via The Daily Dish, from Andrew Sullivan at TheAtlantic.com The anti-gay forces in Maine are ramping up the "gay conspiracy to get your kids" angle in the latest wave of ads. The pro-gay forces continue on the high road. They are, in a way, almost... [ Read more → ]
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California volunteers helping Maine affirm gay marriage law

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
SFGate.com: Californians, in particular, are watching Maine's same sex marriage vote closely. And some, like Demi Espinoza, Daniel Shad and Gabe Gonzalez, care so passionately about the issue that they're giving up their vacation time to volunteer in Maine to preserve gay marriage there. Each... [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage supporters outraise opponents

Saturday, October 24, 2009
With a week and a half to go before Election Day, the two campaigns in the battle over gay marriage continue to haul in large sums of money from donors both inside and outside of Maine. No on 1-Protect Maine Equality has raised more than... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay group suing Maine over campaign finance laws

Saturday, October 24, 2009
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Washington, D.C.-based organization under investigation for its financial role in the campaign to repeal Maine’s gay marriage law has fired back with a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a state election law, reports the Bangor Daily News. The National Organization for... [ Read more → ]

Rachel Maddow: Maine’s upcoming vote on gay marriage

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
In case you missed Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, here's her look at Maine's marriage battle and its similarities to California's Proposition 8, and interview with Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for Maine's "No on 1" campaign. Maine’s gay marriage law was supposed to go... [ Read more → ]

Maine expecting close race in upcoming gay marriage measure

Monday, October 19, 2009
As Election Day nears, the national spotlight is on Maine, where the latest battle over same-sex marriage is under way. Campaign finance reports show that supporters of a ballot proposal to repeal the state's gay marriage law are trailing significantly in fundraising. But polls show... [ Read more → ]

Maine newspapers come out in support of gay marriage

Monday, October 19, 2009
Supporters of Maine's same-sex marriage law picked up editorial support from two of Maine's largest newspapers this weekend. The Maine Sunday Telegram and weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News both urged voters to reject Question 1, which calls for repeal of the gay marriage... [ Read more → ]

New poll suggests Maine split on upcoming gay marriage vote

Saturday, September 19, 2009
In a new poll released Friday by the polling organization Research 2000 and the political Web site dailykoz.com, 48 percent of those surveyed said they'd vote to repeal the law and 46 percent said they would vote to keep it on the books. With a... [ Read more → ]

Opponents of Maine gay marriage launch television ad campaign

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Opponents of same-sex marriage launched a television campaign Tuesday, two weeks behind supporters, in a contentious debate over whether to repeal Maine's new marriage law. A no vote on the November ballot referendum question means a vote to support the law as passed while a... [ Read more → ]

Bishop calls for donations to fight against Maine gay marriage

Monday, September 7, 2009
Maine's Catholic church continues to be active in the fight against same sex marriage. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has asked churches to take up a special second collection next weekend to support Stand For Marriage Maine, the group leading the effort to... [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage on hold; voters to decide in November

Thursday, September 3, 2009
The fate of Maine's gay marriage law now lies in the hands of the voters. Election officials announced Wednesday that gay marriage foes surpassed the threshold of signatures necessary to put the state law on the November ballot, setting the stage for a furious, two-month... [ Read more → ]

‘Protect Maine Equality’ releases TV spots in gay marriage battle (Video)

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Protect Maine Equality has released its first two television ads following Wednesday's announcement that a ballot measure to repeal the state's marriage equality laws has made it November's ballot. (See related post.) The first features Sam Putnam af Portland, who plays high school football and... [ Read more → ]
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