Maine Sexual Orientation Discrimination People's Veto, Question 1 (February 1998)
|Voting on Civil Rights|
|Not on ballot|
After this special election vote on a People's Veto, the Maine State Legislature voted to propose a new constitutional amendment to the Maine Constitution in 1999, the Maine Election Timing of People's Veto (1999), which was approved. This new constitutional amendment said that henceforward, Maine People's Vetoes votes could not be held at special elections--as was the case with this 1998 vote--but could only be held at regularly scheduled statewide and general elections.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
Do you want to reject the law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation with respect to jobs, housing, public accommodations and credit?
This legislation amends the Maine Human Rights Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation in decisions regarding employment, housing, access to public accommodations and the extension of credit. Religious organizations are exempt from this new provision.
This legislation was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in May, 1997. Petitioners subsequently collected a sufficient number of signatures of registered voters to refer the legislation to the people for approval or disapproval at a statewide election. Its effect has been suspended pending the outcome of the election.
A "YES" vote is in favor of the people's veto and disapproves the legislation.
A "NO" vote is in opposition to the people's veto and approves the legislation.
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