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Sexual Orientation in the Maine Human Rights Act  
Last updated: April 2016

Introduction

This legislative history covers efforts to amend the Maine Human Rights Act (5 MRS §4551 et seq) to include protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation.








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Year LD Amendments Final
Disposition
Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1977 LD 1419

An Act to Include the Term "Sexual or Affectional Preference" in the Maine Human Rights Act
Proposed amendment:

H-444
ONTP House, June 1. 1977
p. 1350-1356

Senate, June 2, 1977
p. 1411-1412

Roll Call Votes
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1979 LD 860

An Act to Include the Term "Sexual or Affectional Orientation" in the Maine Human Rights Act
N/A ONTP House, April 26, 1979
p. 880-883

Senate, April 27, 1979
p. 916

Roll Call Votes
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1981 LD 961

An Act to Include the Term "Sexual or Affectional Orientation" in the Maine Human Rights Act
N/A ONTP Senate, May 8, 1981
p. 1006-1009

House, May 11, 1981
p. 1013-1016

Roll Call Votes
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1983 LD 679

An Act to Include the Term "Sexual or Affectional Orientation" in the Maine Human Rights Act
Proposed amendments:

S-117
S-123
Died between houses Senate, May 16, 1983
p. 885-887

House, May 17, 1983
p. 890-895

House, May 18, 1983
p. 916

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N/A
1985 LD 1249

An Act to Include the Term 'Sexual Orientation' in the Maine Human Rights Act
Proposed amendment:

S-221
Died between houses House, June 7, 1985
p. 1075-1079

Senate, June 7, 1985
p. 1093-1094

House, June 10, 1985
p. 1097-1098

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Yes
1987 LD 602

An Act to Include the Term Sexual Orientation in the Maine Human Rights Act
N/A Majority ONTP accepted by Senate

House: Indefinitely postponed
House, May 27, 1987
p. 1055-1063

Senate, May 27, 1987
p. 1071-1074

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Yes
1989 LD 556

An Act to Prevent Discrimination
Proposed amendments:

H-211
H-236
H-319
Died between houses House, May 18, 1989
p. 852-859

House, May 19, 1989
p. 882-887

Senate, May 22, 1989
p. 916-924

House, May 30, 1989
p. 1016-1019

Senate, May 31, 1989
p. 1043-1045

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Yes
1991 LD 430

An Act to Prevent Discrimination
Proposed amendments:

H-60
S-32
S-33
Died between houses Senate, March 28, 1991
p. S-396-S-411

House, April 1, 1991
p. H-411-H-428

Senate, April 11, 1991
p. S-459-S-460

Senate, April 11, 1991
p. S-472

House, April 16, 1991
p. H-507-H-515

Senate, April 16, 1991
p. S-481

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Yes
1993 LD 246

An Act to Prevent Discrimination
Proposed amendments:

S-57     H-147 
S-60     H-149
S-61     H-151
S-62     H-152
S-63     H-153
S-64     H-159
S-65     H-160
S-66     H-161
S-77     H-162
            
Veto sustained Senate, April 12, 1993
p. S-387-S-390

Senate, April 12, 1993
p. S-390-S-398

House, April 13, 1993
p. H-474-H-495

Senate, April 13, 1993
p. S-409-S-417

House, April 15, 1993
p. H-512-H-513

Senate, May 4, 1993
p. S-531-S-533

Senate, May 6, 1993
p. S-553-S-559

Senate, May 6, 1993
p. S-579

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Yes
1995 LD 1448

An Act to Reconcile Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Sexual Orientation and Related Matters
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
1997 LD 1116

An Act to Prevent Discrimination
Proposed amendments:

H-397
H-401
H-402
H-421
PL 1997, c. 205

Repealed in People's Veto referendum
Feb. 10, 1998


Yes: 145,452
No:  138,135
Senate, May 7, 1997
p. S-727-S-733

House, May 8, 1997
p. H-696-H-713

House, May 9, 1997
p. H-726

Senate, May 9, 1997
p. S-794-S-795

Senate, February 10, 1998
p. S-1590

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Yes
1999 LD 2239

An Act to Ensure Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination
Enacted with amendment:

S-624

Proposed amendments:

S-625
H-1046
H-1052
H-1053
 PL 1999, c. 629

Failed at referendum
Nov. 7, 2000


Yes: 314,012
No:  318,846
Senate, April 3, 2000
p. S-2001-S-2007

House, April 4, 2000
p. H-2243-H-2256

House, April 5, 2000
p. H-2296-H-2298

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Yes
2005 LD 1196

An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation
Enacted with amendment:

H-92

Proposed amendments:

H-82     H-89
H-83     H-94
H-84     H-95
H-85     S-38
H-86     S-44
H-87     S-48
H-88
 PL 2005, c. 10

Survived People's Veto referendum  Nov. 8, 2005 

Yes: 181,926
No:  223,274
Senate, March 28, 2005
p. S-336-S-339

House, March 29, 2005
p. H-291-H-307

Senate, March 29, 2005
p. S-349-S-352

Senate, March 29, 2005
p. S-353-S-355

Senate, March 30, 2005
p. S-365

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Yes
2005 LD 1365

An Act To End Discrimination
N/A ONTP No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes