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Maine recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Maine are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Maine law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Same-sex marriage in Maine became legal on December 29, 2012. The bill for legalization was approved by voters, 53-47 percent, on November 6, 2012, as Maine, Maryland and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Election results were certified by the Maine Secretary of State’s office and the Governor of Maine on November 29.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
The first same-sex couple married under the law was Steven Bridges and Michael Snell of Portland, who married at Portland City Hall at 12:25 AM
2 Adoption Law: Maine law permits single LGBT persons and same-sex couples to petition to adopt.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: 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 has explicitly addresses sexual orientation. It does not address violence based on gender identity.
4 Sodomy Law: Maine repealed its statutory criminalization of same-sex sexual activity in 1976.
5Gender Identity: Transgender individuals born in Maine may amend their birth certificates after they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery.
6Public Opinion: A November 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 54% of Maine voters thought same-sex marriage should be allowed, while 37% thought it should not be allowed and 9% were not sure.
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