Title

"Cover Story" piece on the gay rights movement in Maine as it braces for its nex

Authors

Al Diamon

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-10-1999

Pages

10, 11, 13, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on the gay rights movement in Maine as it braces for its next big challenge: getting gay rights back into Maine's civil rights laws. Even sponsors of the new proposal concede its unlikely to win approval in the Legislature next year without a clause sending it out to referendum. Gov. Angus King has said he won't sign such a measure without a provision calling for a public vote. And the 1998 balloting showed statewide support for banning discrimination is weaker than the gay community assumed, while the opposition is far stronger. David Garrity of Portland, a member of the coordinating committee of the newly formed Maine Coalition for Equal Rights (MCER) and vice president of the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance, said after initial splits over differences in campaign philosophy, the entire community is pulling together in anticipation of a referendum next year.

Subjects

Civil rights, Homosexuality -- Law and legislation

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