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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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NOM mastermind Frank Schubert makes millions selling LGBT discrimination

Friday, October 19, 2012
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National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, according to NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Catholic Church, NOM responsible for 60 percent of anti-gay marriage funding in ballot states

Thursday, October 18, 2012
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The Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination, according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign.

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HRC commits additional $1 million to marriage equality campaigns

Saturday, October 13, 2012
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The Human Rights Campaign on Friday announced it was committing an additional $1 million to the marriage equality campaigns in the four states with ballot initiatives this November.

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U.S. senators from Maine neutral on marriage ballot initiative

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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The Republican U.S. senators from Maine are no taking no position on the Maine marriage ballot initiative just weeks before voters will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage at the polls.

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Polls in Washington, Maine, Maryland show voter support for same-sex marriage

Monday, October 8, 2012
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Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state may be among the first ever to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box, as recent polling suggests marriage equality bills gaining support leading up to the November general election.

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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses NOM’s challenge to Maine donor laws

Monday, October 1, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied another request from an anti-gay group challenging financial disclosure laws in Maine that require the organization to reveal who donated to the 2009 marriage ballot initiative campaign.

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NOM pumping $250K into anti-gay marriage campaign in Maine

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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PORTLAND, Maine -- The National Organization for Marriage on Thursday transferred $250,000 to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, to aid in spearheading the campaign against Maine's November ballot initiative seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins becomes first GOP co-sponsor of UAFA

Thursday, September 20, 2012
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The Republican senator from Maine credited with being a leader in the legislative effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has signed on to legislation that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign same-sex partners for residency in the United States.

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Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Thursday, September 6, 2012
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A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Thursday launched the "United for Marriage" campaign, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state marriage campaigns.

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