GAY RIGHTS BILL BECOMES LAW:

April 18, 2005

Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination, making Maine the sixth and final New England state to do so. “This act not only offers essential civil rights, but serves as a welcome,” the Democratic governor, who submitted the legislation, told supporters. “Our doors are open to all people. This is a proud day for Maine.”

Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination, making Maine the sixth and final New England state to do so. “This act not only offers essential civil rights, but serves as a welcome,” the Democratic governor, who submitted the legislation, told supporters. “Our doors are open to all people. This is a proud day for Maine.”

The law takes effect in late June. The measure amends the Maine Human Rights Act by outlawing discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and education based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Maine law now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, religion, ancestry and national origin. The new law exempts religious organizations that do not receive public funds. It also does not authorize gay marriages.

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