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NOM: It’s Our Lawyer’s Fault So We’re Not Guilty, Not Paying Penalty, And We’re Suing HRC

by David Badash ● 4:34 PM May 28, 2014
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Today, NOM released a statement that all but blamed their lawyers for their actions in Maine that resulted in today’s $50,250 fine, and yet made clear they were not altering course.

Marriage

Breaking: State Ethics Committee Rules NOM Broke Campaign Finance Law, Imposes Record Fine

by David Badash ● 12:04 PM May 28, 2014
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NOM is guilty of breaking Maine’s campaign finance laws and will be forced to pay a record fine and do the one thing it has worked hard for five years to avoid: expose its donors.

Bigotry Watch

Breaking: Maine Rejects ‘Religious Freedom’ License To Discriminate Against Gays

by David Badash ● 12:48 PM February 20, 2014
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“Please vote to end the war on gay people in our state.” So said Maine Democratic State Rep. Matthew W. Moonen, speaking this morning in opposition to a Republican sponsored bill that would allow anti-gay discrimination by anyone for any reason.

News

Breaking: Watch Live Now — Maine House Debating Anti-Gay License To Discriminate Bill

by David Badash ● 10:51 AM February 20, 2014
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Maine is the latest state to succumb to debating an anti-gay “religious freedom” license to discriminate legislation. You can watch the debate of LD 1428 live.

News

US Congressman Running For Governor Of Maine: Yes, I’m Gay — ‘Why Should It Matter?’

by David Badash ● 9:28 AM November 4, 2013
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U.S. Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud, serving the people of Maine in Congress since 2003, is running to become Maine’s next governor. Today, he announced he’s gay, asking, “why should it matter?”

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Look: Former President Bush 41 Serves As Official Witness At Same-Sex Wedding

by David Badash ● 5:53 PM September 25, 2013
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Former President George H.W. Bush (W’s dad) was the official witness at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

Bigotry Watch

Town Official On Obama: When I Said ‘Shoot The N*gger’ I Just Meant ‘I Hope The Bastard Dies’

by David Badash ● 9:32 AM August 29, 2013
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A local Maine town official has attracted a lot of attention from his neighbors, the Secret Service and the FBI after writing on a Facebook post bout President Obama, “Shoot the Nigger.”

News

Maine’s Tea Party Governor Uses Anal Rape Analogy To Attack Democratic Lawmaker

by David Badash ● 10:50 AM June 21, 2013
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There’s nothing colorful about LePage’s latest act: accusing a Maine Democratic lawmaker of wanting to anally rape the people of Maine.

Marriage

Exclusive — Fred Karger: Now That NOM Lost In Court We’ll Finally Find Out Who’s Funding Them

by Guest Author ● 7:28 PM June 3, 2013
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In this exclusive op-ed, top National Organization For Marriage watchdog Fred Karger explores and explains who’s funding NOM’s anti-gay campaign “to demonize the LGBT community and deny us our full equality.”

Legal Issues

Maine Supreme Court Unanimously Rules NOM Must Hand Over Donor List

by David Badash ● 3:11 PM June 3, 2013
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In a unanimous decision, the Maine Supreme Court ruled against NOM in a case reaching back to their 2009 refusal to comply with state law and hand over their donor list.

Marriage

Moderate GOP Senator Susan Collins Refuses To Share Her Views On Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash ● 8:48 AM April 10, 2013
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Susan Collins, the moderate U.S. Senator from Maine, is refusing to share her personal views on same-sex marriage, despite many of her colleagues sharing their newfound support for equality.

Legal Issues

Maine Gay Marriages Begin at 12:01 Saturday Morning Throughout the State

by Tanya Domi ● 1:08 AM December 29, 2012
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The State of Maine opened its marriage bureaus at 12:01 a.m. in multiple locales to enthusiastic couples and great fanfare

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Dan Savage Asks You To Say ‘Straight Up Thanks’ To Straight Allies Of Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:19 PM November 14, 2012
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Dan Savage has introduced a new campaign to thank the straight allies who helped in the marriage equality fight. Is there someone you would like to thank?

Marriage

Tony Perkins: ‘Future Of The Family’ Depends On Churches Voting Against Gay Marriage

by David Badash ● 1:22 PM October 11, 2012
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Tony Perkins recorded a desperate video demanding pastors in Maine turn their congregants into “Christian citizens” or else “the future of the family Maine” may end.