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  • Maine's Rep. Gideon denounces effort to roll back LGBT rights

    Petition effort aims to legalize discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

     Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon on April 6, 2016 denounced any effort to legalize discrimination against LGBT Mainers.  

    “Michael Heath fundamentally misunderstands Maine people. He should know by now that we reject discrimination in any form,” said Gideon, D-Freeport. “If he wants to avoid another crushing defeat, he should abandon this effort to undermine our values. We will stand up for the human rights of all Maine people again.”

    Heath is leading a campaign to remove sexual orientation and gender identity from Maine’s Human Rights Act and has initiated a petition effort to do so. In 2005, Maine voters decided to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the Act, which protects Mainers from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit.

    Heath, a longtime opponent of LGBT Mainers, fought the 2005 changes to the Maine Human Rights Act and marriage equality referendum approved by voters in 2012.