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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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Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year.

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Maine could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 29

Monday, December 3, 2012
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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's same-sex marriage law is expected to take effect on December 29, and it's likely that that some marriage licenses will be issued on that date, even though it falls on a Saturday.

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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?

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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