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February 21, 2014

This past Tuesday Maine's Senate also voted Bill LD 1428 down, 19-6

A 'religious freedom' bill that could have had an impact on Maine's gay marriage law failed in the state's House of Representatives, effectively killing it for this legislative session.

November 4, 2013

Would make history as first out governor of a US state if he wins 2014 gubernatorial election

US Congressman Mike Michaud has just come out as gay and asks: 'Why should it matter?'

Michaud, who has been representing Maine since 2003, got a bit of a nudge due to what he called a 'whisper campaign' by political opponents ahead of next year's race for governor.

November 4, 2013

Would make history as first out governor of a US state if he wins 2014 gubernatorial election

US Congressman Mike Michaud has just come out as gay and asks: 'Why should it matter?'

Michaud, who has been representing Maine since 2003, got a bit of a nudge due to what he called a 'whisper campaign' by political opponents ahead of next year's race for governor.

September 30, 2013

Georgia’s Department of Driver Services is refusing to change Danielle McCollum-Tucker’s drivers license to reflect her post-marriage name change due to the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

The US state of Georgia is refusing to allow an out-of-state married lesbian to change her name on her drivers license despite allowing her wife to do the same.

Employees at a Georgia Department of Driver Services office didn’t deny wife Shakira McCollum-Tucker’s application to hyphenate her name when she sought to replace an expiring license.

September 26, 2013

Former US president George Herbert Walker Bush has served as the official witness to a lesbian couple’s wedding, signing their marriage papers

Former US president George Bush senior has served as the official witness to a lesbian couple’s marriage, signing their paperwork alongside their celebrant.

Maine couple Helen Thorgalsen, 55, and Bonnie Clement, 60, were married near the town of Kennebunkport in their home state on 22 September and posted a photo with Bush snr. – a long time friend of the couple’s.

In the photo Bush snr. is seated in a wheelchair wearing mismatched socks, while what appears to me a member of the Secret Service is stationed in the background.

September 19, 2013

Democrat senator Tammy Baldwin and Republican senator Susan Collins are pushing the US federal government to catch up with Fortune 500 companies by offering benefits to domestic partners of federal employees

Domestic partners of same-sex federal employees may soon be able to access partner rights.

Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin, who made history in November 2012 after becoming the first openly gay person in the US Senate, has teamed up with Maine senator Susan Collins to re-introduce the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2013 (DPBO).

May 10, 2013

Notoriously anti-gay Charlie Crist has publicly endorsed same-sex marriage in Florida, where both gay marriage and civil unions are constituonally banned

Former Florida governor Charlie Crist has announced his support of gay marriage.

The Republican-turned-Democrat took to his Facebook page this week to say he supports marriage equality in the swing vote state.

Crist wrote: ‘Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington.

April 6, 2013

Maine's former Senator Olympia Snowe reveals she now stands for marriage equality

Olympia Snowe, the ex-Senator of Maine, stated yesterday (5 April) she now supports marriage equality.

'I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nation,' she said to CNN, as reported by the newspaper the Portland Press Herald. 'We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.'

April 6, 2013

Maine's former Senator Olympia Snowe reveals she now stands for marriage equality

Olympia Snowe, the ex-Senator of Maine, stated yesterday (5 April) she now supports marriage equality.

'I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nation,' she said to CNN, as reported by the newspaper the Portland Press Herald. 'We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.'

March 25, 2013

A same-sex couple from Maine have won a $100k dream wedding courtesy of a wedding and lifestyle magazine

An American gay couple have been given thousands of dollars for their dream wedding.

Jenna Eagleton, and partner Caroline Currie, took part in Real Maine Weddings magazine's third annual competition in the hope of winning the $100k (€77k)  prize.

Contestants were asked to make a video saying why they deserve to win the prize which will buy them a reception, wedding dress, tuxedos, rings, flowers and a limousine service.

March 25, 2013

A same-sex couple from Maine have won a $100k dream wedding courtesy of a wedding and lifestyle magazine

An American gay couple have been given thousands of dollars for their dream wedding.

Jenna Eagleton, and partner Caroline Currie, took part in Real Maine Weddings magazine's third annual competition in the hope of winning the $100k (€77k)  prize.

Contestants were asked to make a video saying why they deserve to win the prize which will buy them a reception, wedding dress, tuxedos, rings, flowers and a limousine service.

January 21, 2013

Richard Blanco is first gay person and first Latino to be inaugural poet

Richard Blanco followed on the footsteps of such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou on Monday (21 January) when he delivered a poem at the second inauguration of US President Barack Obama.

Blanco is a 44-year-old man from Maine,  is the first gay man and first Latino chosen as inaugural poet.

Below is a full text of the poem and video of Blanco delivering it during the inauguraton:

January 19, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco explains his preparation for President Barack Obama's second swearing in

Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander have all had the privilege of writing original poems for the inaugurations of US presidents. Richard Blanco will soon join that exclusive club.

January 10, 2013

'Égalité' sparkling French wine launched in New York, celebrating LGBT equality

Drinkers in the US will now be able to toast the progress made in equality with a 'gay' wine.

The sparkling French wine called Égalité was launched yesterday (9 January) by New York's Biagio Cru & Estate Wines as a 'celebration of equality'.

January 2, 2013

Public officials the US are reportedly claiming to be “too busy” to marry same-sex couples or are saying that they don’t do weddings anymore to get out of performing them in states that legalized them in November

Some public officials in US states that legalized same-sex marriage in November have been refusing to marry same-sex couples but are claiming that personal bias is not the reason.

In December a county court judge in Washington state instructed colleagues that he would not be available for same-sex weddings following that state’s referendum on the issue, while two town clerks and notary-publics in Litchfield, Maine, have used a similar excuse.

January 1, 2013

Several gay and lesbian couples celebrated the arrival of the New Year with marriage across the state of Maryland

Seven gay couples were married on the New Year’s first moments, in Maryland, with thousands of same-sex couples to follow, after the state legalized gay marriage.

The couples were pronounced lawfully married at half past midnight during a ceremony on New Year's Day (1 January 2013) in Baltimore's City Hall, the state's largest city.

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at the wedding of the first of the couples, 68-year-old James Scales and 60-year-old William Tasker.

The couple have been together for 35 years.

December 29, 2012

US state is the eighth to offer gay couples full marriage equality, and many celebrated with midnight weddings

Gay couples had cause for celebration as the US state of Maine held the first marriages between same-sex couples today (29 December).

Among them were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who were the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in Portland.

‘It’s historic,’ said Bridges, a 42-year-old retail manager. ‘We’ve waited our whole lives for this.’

Bridges and his now-husband Snell, a 53-year-old massage therapist, had been in a relationship for nine years before they tied the knot today at midnight.

December 8, 2012

'I hope we're going to get to that point'

Sure, Minnesota was a part of a sweep of historic victories for marraige equality during last month's US elections.

But gay marriage is still not legal in the state.

Voters there defeated a measure that would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman while in the same night, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland approved marriages between same-sex couples.

December 4, 2012

Voters approved marriage equality referendum last month

Same-sex couples who want to get married in Maine can now set a date and that date can be as early as 29 December.

Voters, by a 53-47 percent margin, approved a marriage equality ballot measure last month. It marked a dramatic reverse from 2009 when Maine voters defeated a marriage equality measure which overrode the state legislature's approval.

Governor Paul LePage approved of the certified results last Thursday (29 November) and the new law is set to officially go into effect exactly 30 days after that date.

December 4, 2012

Voters approved marriage equality referendum last month

Same-sex couples who want to get married in Maine can now set a date and that date can be as early as 29 December.

Voters, by a 53-47 percent margin, approved a marriage equality ballot measure last month. It marked a dramatic reverse from 2009 when Maine voters defeated a marriage equality measure which overrode the state legislature's approval.

Governor Paul LePage approved of the certified results last Thursday (29 November) and the new law is set to officially go into effect exactly 30 days after that date.

November 18, 2012

The leading group fighting same-sex marriage in the US may be a spent force financially after it spent millions in a financial year where donations to it dropped by 32 percent

The leading group campaigning against the rights of same-sex attracted Americans to marry has revealed that donations to the group dropped by 32 percent in the financial year leading up to US elections where it spent more than it raised.

In financial year 2011-2012 the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) raised only $6.2 million – down nearly $3 million on its funds raised in financial year 2010-2011.

Three quarters of that $6.2 million came from just two donors.

November 15, 2012

Creator of It Gets Better campaign Dan Savage launches Straight Up Thanks, a photo website recognizing straight people who actively pushed for marriage equality in America's latest election

It wasn't just the gay community that made the 2012 US elections historic for marriage equality.

Author, journalist and founder of the It Gets Better campaign Dan Savage wants to publicly thank the straight allies who worked and volunteered to block Minnesota's anti-gay marriage amendment and helped marriage equality pass in Maine, Maryland and Washington and Minnesota.

November 14, 2012

'We'll go the gym with her and then after, we'll get Pinkberry as a reward'

A cocky group of gay guys have taken a unique approach in fighting for marriage equality in a new video made by the website College Humor.

Even though voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved gay marriage last week bringing the number of US states with marriage equality to nine plus the District of Columbia, that leaves 41 states without it.

These determined gays are targeting straight men for their support by making a unique threat: they will steal their girlfriend.

November 11, 2012

Christian and Muslim faith leaders have officially launched a campaign against gay rights in Liberia

A clergyman has lashed out at the influence of foreign powers in Liberia.

Rudolph Marsh, an outspoken clergyman representing the Liberia Council of Churches, called on Christians and Muslims to remain united and work against gay rights.

Speaking at an anti-gay marriage rally on Saturday (10 November), he referred to the marriage equality wins in the US states of Maine, Maryland and Washington.

He said: ‘There are good things in America that we can copy.

‘We don’t have to copy the bad ones, let’s leave the bad ones with Americans.’