Portland's gay rights law went into effect in December 1992, and since then only
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.
Homosexuality -- Law and legislation, Portland -- Ordinances
Diamon, Al, "Portland's gay rights law went into effect in December 1992, and since then only" (1995). Maine News Index – Casco Bay Weekly. 1095.
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