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November 6, 2014

Openly gay Mike Michaud has conceded defeat in his effort to be elected governor of the state of Maine

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud has lost his bid to become the first openly gay state governor in the United States of America, losing to Republican incumbent Paul LePage.

Michaud had been tipped to be a winner as LePage appeared to be among the more politically vulnerable state governors but the voters of Maine decided otherwise.

At last count Michaud had received 44% of the vote compared to LePage’s 47% while an independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, received 8% of votes.

October 15, 2014

A North Carolina school allegedly canceled a production because two male characters say they love each other

Students are taking a stand after a high school cancelled a play over its 'gay content'.

The pupils of Maiden High School, North Carolina were hoping to put on Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani.

The play comprises nine, short stories that explore love and loss, with one including a gay couple.

Students have alleged that some parents and churches complained to the school, forcing it to be shut down.

October 5, 2014

If elected, Michaud will become the first openly gay governor in US history

First lady Michelle Obama has given her backing to openly gay Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud.

Speaking to an audience at the University of Maine to encourage women and young people to vote on Friday (3 October), Obama said: ‘[If] we bring others along with us then I know we can keep on making that change we can believe in then we can elect Mike Michaud as governor of Maine and I know that together we can build a future worthy of all our children.

October 5, 2014

If elected, Michaud will become the first openly gay governor in US history

First lady Michelle Obama has given her backing to openly gay Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud.

Speaking to an audience at the University of Maine to encourage women and young people to vote on Friday (3 October), Obama said: ‘[If] we bring others along with us then I know we can keep on making that change we can believe in then we can elect Mike Michaud as governor of Maine and I know that together we can build a future worthy of all our children.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 22, 2014

Democratic lawmaker Mike Michaud, who came out in 2013, was one of the grand marshalls of Maine’s 2014 gay pride parade

US Democratic candidate Mike Michaud, served as the Grand Marshall of Maine’s gay pride parade yesterday (21 June).

Michaud came out as gay in November 2013, and if he is elected he will be the first governor who is openly gay at the time of his election.

Michaud shook hands, posed for photographs and headed up the parade at gay pride in Portland, Maine yesterday. Excited crowds cheered ‘I Like Mike’ and held up posters as he made a speech at the parade.

May 20, 2014

An investigation by Maine state authorities suggests that the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has broken campaign finance laws in three US states and may have lied to government officials

An investigation by the US state of Maine’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices has suggested that the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has not just breached that state’s political campaign finance laws but potentially two other states’ laws as well.

A report by the commission found NOM had violated state laws during its campaigns against same-sex marriage in Maine, Iowa and New Hampshire and recommended that civil penalties of up to $50,000 be laid against the group and also that its donors be publicly named.

April 28, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Maine have retained opposition to gay couples being allowed to marry in their party platform again despite a majority of voters backing the reform in 2012

The Maine state Republican Party has adopted a new party platform which continues to oppose same-sex marriage despite most voters in Maine supporting same-sex couples’ right to wed.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Maine since December of 2012 after a majority of voters backed the reform in November that year but Maine Governor Paul LePage still opposes it and his party elected to reflect that in its new platform adopted on Friday.

April 28, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Maine have retained opposition to gay couples being allowed to marry in their party platform again despite a majority of voters backing the reform in 2012

The Maine state Republican Party has adopted a new party platform which continues to oppose same-sex marriage despite most voters in Maine supporting same-sex couples’ right to wed.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Maine since December of 2012 after a majority of voters backed the reform in November that year but Maine Governor Paul LePage still opposes it and his party elected to reflect that in its new platform adopted on Friday.

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.

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: