Title

Portland's gay rights law went into effect in December 1992, and since then only

Authors

Al Diamon

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

12-14-1995

Pages

4-5

Abstract

Portland's gay rights law went into effect in December 1992, and since then only three cases have been filed claiming discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The ordinance was drafted by Portland's attorney, Gary Wood, who based the legal language on the current Maine Human Rights Act. Legal experts agree that Portland was free to act in expanding the number of protected classes, but believe Wood erred when he wrote the part of the ordinance dealing with enforcement. Portland City Councilor George Campbell, a supporter of gay rights, is contacting the Maine Municipal Association and several attorneys for opinions. Details.

Subjects

Homosexuality -- Law and legislation, Portland -- Ordinances

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