VOTE 2018

Vote 2018This election is one of the most important our community has faced.  It has been nearly two years since the new administration took over in Washington, and the results have been, unsurprisingly, awful. The new regime has attempted to prevent transgender people from serving in our armed forces, argued in favor of broad exceptions to anti-discrimination laws, fired all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, rescinded the Obama guidance that extended critical protections to transgender students in schools, established a new policy that would allow healthcare workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ patients, and so much more. And at this very moment, they are trying to install an anti-LGBTQ majority on the US Supreme Court.

Here at home, we have suffered the bigotry and hateful antics of Paul LePage for 8 years and it is time that we put a pro-equality Governor in the Blaine House. It’s also critical to elect pro-LGBTQ majorities in the House and Senate to ensure continued progress toward full equality for our community, including protecting LGBTQ youth from the harmful practice of conversion therapy.

Your vote matters! We need you to stand with us as we work to impact change in DC and here in Maine! 

Make a plan to vote! Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018

To vote early, click HERE to request your absentee ballot.

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If you plan on voting on Election Day, click HERE to find your polling place.

2018 Endorsements 

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse the following pro-equality candidates running for election this November. We strongly encourage you to stand with us in supporting these candidates as we believe they have the best interests of our community at heart and have the best opportunity to win their races and impact change in DC and here in Maine for all of us.

U.S. Senate

Angus King for U.S. SenateAngus King

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse Angus King for re-election to the U.S. Senate. During his time as Governor, Angus signed into law historic legislation that amended the Maine Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and in 2012 he was an outspoken supporter of the referendum that made Maine the first state in the country to pass marriage equality by popular vote. 

Since being elected to the Senate, he has continued his commitment to LGBTQ equality by voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, co-sponsoring the Equality Act, working to address LGBTQ youth homelessness, and being outspoken against the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine LGBTQ rights, including President Trump’s proposed ban to prevent transgender Americans from serving in our armed forces. His strength, experience, and decades of commitment to our cause is exactly what our community needs in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Congress

Chellie Pingree for U.S. CongressChellie Pingree

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse Chellie Pingree for re-election to U.S. Congress. During her time in Congress, Chellie helped pass groundbreaking bills to advance equality - the Matthew Shepard hate crimes law and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” - and has continued to work for progress on our issues as a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Simply put, Chellie has had our backs every step of the way, and we are excited to have her back now. 

 

 

 

Jared Golden for U.S. CongressJared Golden

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse Jared Golden for U.S. Congress. Jared has been a leader for our community in the state house, where he supported updating our parentage laws to be LGBTQ-inclusive and voted to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. 

By contrast, his opponent Bruce Poliquin has consistently supported discrimination against LGBTQ people: in 2016, he cast the deciding vote to allow federal contractors to discriminate in hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and in 2017 he voted to strip health care away from transgender people who are serving our country honorably in the armed forces. 

Poliquin’s record of discrimination is out of step with the people of our state, who have made it crystal clear that they support full equality for LGBTQ Mainers. We deserve a congressman who will respect the will of the voters and stand on the side of full equality, and that’s why we’re supporting Jared Golden.

Governor

Janet Mills for GovernorJanet Mills

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse Janet Mills for Governor.  Janet has been a fighter for LGBTQ+ Mainers over her entire career in public service:

  • As a legislator in 2005, Janet was a strong supporter of our bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • In 2009, shortly after being elected Maine’s first female attorney general, Janet joined more than 4,000 of us in the “sea of red” at the Augusta Civic Center to testify in favor of our historic marriage equality bill.
  • In 2014, Janet spoke out against dangerous legislation that would have allowed religious exemptions to weaken our non-discrimination law.
  • And since 2016, Janet has joined other attorneys general from across the country in federal lawsuits against the Trump administration to stop their efforts to discriminate in our nation’s schools and armed forces.

Her record is strong. Her values are clear. Janet will be a governor we can be proud of.  Janet will protect our kids, not bully them.  Please join us in voting Janet Mills for Governor!

State Senate

To be announced soon

State House

To be announced soon

 

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