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Marriage madness

Around 300 BC, the Greek dramatist Menander wrote something that, roughly translated, reads, "Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil."
The homophobe agenda
By AL DIAMON  |  July 22, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
Crystal ball
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011

Marriage activists get closure, look forward

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree expressed what many in the room were feeling at Equality Maine’s annual dinner celebration on Saturday night: the function room at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street elicits “a little bit of PTSD” for Maine’s gay-ri
Moving on
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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After the battle

In a fast-moving and historic couple of days in Augusta (pity they don't move so fast on other important issues), the Maine Legislature last week approved same-sex marriage, and Governor John Baldacci ended weeks of speculation about what he would do
Where will same-sex marriage be in 2010?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 15, 2009
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Same-sex marriage

From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?  
Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009


Separate is not equal



By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Legislative battle takes shape

The list of Maine's gay-marriage bill co-sponsors — i.e. , those legislators lending the most robust support to the measure — was released last Thursday afternoon.
Gay marriage
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2009

Legislature will take up gay marriage this session

Maine lawmakers are certain to debate gay marriage in 2009, with competing marriage-related bills slated to be filed with the Legislature this week.
Equal rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2009

Gay marriage debate comes to Maine

Even as same-sex marriage supporters across the country reel from the Election Day approval of California's Proposition 8 — which changed that state's constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman — they are optimistic about bringing gay m
Civil rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 17, 2008
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Peace + Justice Center shutting down

“The [center] offered a low-cost way for small nonprofits to have their own office space,” says Betsy Smith of Equality Maine.
Relocations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 05, 2007


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Gay and lesbian couples move one step closer to marriage

Maine’s highest court made a high-road decision last week by unanimously ruling that same-sex couples can legally adopt children in Maine.
Court triumph
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  September 05, 2007
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Next stop: marriage

If we had asked the leadership at Equality Maine about their plan for gay marriage say, two years ago, they would have likely said, “If we told you, we’d have to kill you.”
As New Hampshire enacts civil unions, Maine’s gay-marriage advocates get ready
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  June 08, 2007
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What Collins won't tell

We reported last week that Senator Susan Collins might, just might, have a soft spot in her heart for gays and lesbians.
Gay rights
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 18, 2007
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Will party for rent

The Peace and Justice Center of Southern Maine, which has served as a hub for activists for 10 years, needs some quick cash to help pay the rent.
Benefits
By SARA DONNELLY  |  November 08, 2006
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Equality Maine moves uptown, downstairs

Got an old Hoover kicking around? Coffee maker? Digital camera? TV/VCR/DVD?
Moving day
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  July 19, 2006