EqualityMaine (formerly the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance) is a political advocacy organization in Maine, United States. Founded in 1984 after the murder of Charlie Howard, it is the oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization in the state. In 2008, they were a primary opponent of an attempt to revoke an anti-discrimination law in Maine. In 2009, EqualityMaine was one of the main supporters of a push to recognize same-sex marriage in Maine.
EqualityMaine's executive director is Betsy Smith and the organization claims an annual budget of about half a million dollars a year.
On June 30, 2011, EqualityMaine and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced plans to place a voter initiative in support of same-sex marriage on the state's November 2012 ballot.
External links 
- ^ Harlow, Doug (27 October 2010). "Gay-marriage mailers put to rest in House District 85 race". The Morning Sentinel. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ Love, Barbara J. (2006). Feminists who changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-252-03189-2. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ "Maine group drops push to repeal gay rights law". USA Today. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ Gay rights group honors sponsor of marriage bill March 28, 2010; Portland Press Herald
- ^ Nichols, John (7 May 2009). "The Nation: The Year Of Same-Sex Marriage!". NPR. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ Fulton, Deirdre (17 December 2008). "Gay marriage debate comes to Maine: Civil Rights". Portland Phoenix. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ "Staff". EqualityMaine. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- ^ Wall Street Journal: "Gay marriage supporters plan referendum in Maine," June 30, 2011, accessed June 30, 2011