Posts Tagged ‘Maine Civil Liberties Union

Governor John Baldacci signed a bill on Monday that tightens a nine-year-old law banning the use of the word “squaw” from official place names (Portland Press Herald, Sun Journal). After this law took effect, many places, including the names of mountains and creeks, were changed. But, believe it or not, some people just couldn’t let […]

On April 28, The Exception Magazine, remarked on the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committees “ought to pass” vote for LD 1020, An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom. The Exception reported that, “The Committees’ members voted as follows: 11 ought to pass, 2 ought not to pass, and 1 ought to pass […]

Two bills that seek to restrict access to welfare and general assistance, received lots of testimony in the Health and Human Services Committee. According to an article in the Sun Journal, proponents of the bills claimed that people are moving to Maine for our state’s easily accessible welfare system, while opponents stated that the influx […]

A new video released by the Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition called “Respect and Fairness: The Heart of Who We Are in Maine” presents parents and educators talking about the importance of marriage equality in Maine.  Superintendent Paul Knowles says of families led by gay and lesbian parents, “…We welcome them into our schools and […]

Lew Alessio and his partner, Jim Shaffer, have a marriage legal in Massachusetts – but live in Maine.  The couple from Greene were among dozens of advocates in Augusta on Valentine’s Day delivering cards to legislators.   Thursday’s event was sponsored by the Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition, which is made up of more than 20 […]