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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Meet Sam Putnam and his 2 moms

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Meet Sam Putnam of Portland, he plays high school football and baseball, and is the pride and joy of his mother, Jennifer and her partner, Michelle. For Sam, it's pretty basic -- this is his family and he wants them to be valued and treated... [ Read more → ]

Complaint says Maine anti-gay marriage group hiding donor identities

Thursday, August 27, 2009
A California-based gay rights group has filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission alleging that groups trying to overturn Maine's gay marriage law are engaging in "money laundering." Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, has filed a nine-page complaint, alleging that several groups... [ Read more → ]

Maine Gay Marriage supporters launch statewide TV campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Gay marriage supporters in Maine began running a television advertisement statewide Thursday, featuring gay and straight Mainers talking about the importance of equality. It is the first television advertisement in an anticipated referendum on Maine’s gay marriage law. Maine’s gay marriage law was scheduled to... [ Read more → ]

60,000 Mainers sign on to defend marriage equality

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Marriage equality organization Maine Freedom to Marry announced July 30 that 60,000 Mainers have signed pledges defending the state’s marriage equality bill. "Volunteers, ready and willing to go door to door and speak neighbor to neighbor to protect marriage equality, are the fuel of our... [ Read more → ]
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