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.  

Domestic Partnerships

For nearly a decade, EqualityMaine has fought for domestic partner rights and recognitions in Maine. In 1999, we passed legislation that extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners - the same rights enjoyed by married spouses and other immediate family members. Two years later, we passed legislation that requires insurance providers in the state to extend domestic partner health insurance benefits to companies in Maine who request it. The loop-hole, required at the time to get the legislation passed, is that while insurance providers have to provide domestic partner policies, a company is not required to extend those policies to their employees.  

In 2004 EqualityMaine fought for - and won - a domestic partner registry bill. The law extends inheritance rights, next-of-kin status, victim's compensation and guardian and conservator rights to domestic partners. And in 2007, we amended Maine's Family Medical Leave law to include domestic partners.

For more information on the registry, and to find out how to register your domestic partnership, click here. Domestic partnership forms must be notarized by a notary public or an attorney. For a list of LGBT-friendly notaries in Maine, click here.

Domestic partnerships vs. civil unions vs. marriage: What's the difference?

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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