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For Immediate Release:
EqualityMaine Endorses Congressman Mike Michaud and Honorable Chellie Pingree for the U.S. House of Representatives
EqualityMaine, the state’s oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, announced today its endorsement of Congressman Mike Michaud for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maine’s District 2 and Honorable Chellie Pingree for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maine’s District 1.
“Congressman Michaud has been a powerful voice for equality and for this state since he took office in 2003,” Executive Director Betsy Smith said. “His deep-rooted sense of fairness has made him a great ally for Maine’s LGBT citizens. He has worked with us on important issues for many years, and I know he will continue to do so.”
“Perhaps no vote better exemplified Mike’s integrity than his stand against the non-inclusive federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in 2007,” Smith added. In September 2007, Congress removed gender identity and expression from a pending non-discrimination bill, which Michaud had cosponsored. EqualityMaine was one of 350 LGBT advocacy organizations to rally against the non-inclusive version of ENDA, which ultimately passed.
At the time, Congressman Michaud said in a statement: “I am a cosponsor of the original version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because I oppose all types of employment discrimination. But the bill that the House of Representatives ultimately voted on fell short of what a majority of Mainers voted for in November of 2005. I heard from a lot of my constituents on this issue and just couldn’t support a bill that doesn’t live up to the non-discrimination protections of our state.”
“Chellie Pingree has fought for equality since the very beginning of her career in the Maine legislature,” Smith said. “In 1997 she was one of a handful of legislators to speak out against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. She consistently backed non-discrimination legislation in Maine, long before it was politically popular to do so. She has also expressed her support for marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
Smith concluded, “Congressman Michaud and Honorable Pingree are principled leaders who are prepared to make real progress on civil rights and other critical issues that affect the lives of their constituents. I look forward to their success this November, and I know they will serve Maine’s interests well in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Since 1984, EqualityMaine has worked to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Maine.