Community Conversations

Please click on one of the dates to join us for a series of Community Conversations: 

Sunday, Dec 6 - Augusta
Monday, Dec 7 - Ogunquit 
Tuesday, Dec 8 - Ellsworth
Thursday, Dec 10 - Bangor
Tuesday, Dec 15 - Lewiston*
Wed, Dec 16 - Portland**

* Note: The Lewiston / Auburn Community Coversation was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 10 but due to the massive snowstorm it has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 15. 

**Note: The Portland Community Conversation was previously scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 15 but is being rescheduled to accommodate for the Downeast Pride Alliance event the same night.  

Adoption

Until August 2007, only a married couple or a single, unmarried person could adopt a child in Maine. If a same-sex couple chose to adopt, only one partner could be the child's legal parent.

This changed when Maine's highest court, the Law Court, unanimously ruled that same-sex couples should be allowed to jointly adopt. The ruling stemmed from a petition brought by a lesbian couple who sought permanent adoption of their two foster children. Attorney General Steven Rowe filed a friend of the court brief in support of the plaintiffs, saying that a ruling against joint adoption would violate the intent Maine’s Adoption Act, which seeks to protect the best interests of children.

The plaintiffs' petition was also backed by several health and children's organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Child Welfare League of America and the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read the Portland Press Herald report of the ruling here.

Read Maine's adoption statutes here.

EqualityMaine at 25

This year, EqualityMaine celebrated 25 years of progress for Maine's LGBT community. Check out our 25th anniversary celebration video.

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