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Maine Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Question 6 (2000)

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The Maine Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Referendum, also known as Question 6, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have amended 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.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 6 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No318,84650.38%
Yes 314,012 49.62%

Election results via: Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division: Referendum Election Tabulations, November 7, 2000

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 6: Referendum Question

Do you favor ratifying the action of the 119th Legislature whereby it passed an act extending to all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation the same basic rights to protection against discrimination now guaranteed to citizens on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation and credit and where the act expressly states that nothing in the act confers legislative approval of, or special rights to, any person or group of persons?[3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:

The legislation quoted above 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. The legislation includes express language stating that it does not confer special rights to any person or group of persons and that it is not intended to add to or change any existing affirmative action requirements. The legislation also specifies that it does not require or prohibit the provision of employee benefits to an individual for the benefit of that individual’s partner. Religious entities, including educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that are in whole or substantial part funded, controlled or managed by a religious corporation, are exempt from the new provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act relating to sexual orientation.

This legislation was approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in April, 2000, subject to ratification by a majority of the voters at the next general election.

If approved, this Act would take effect 30 days after the proclamation of the vote.

A "YES" vote is in favor of the legislation and approves its enactment.

A "NO" vote opposes the legislation and disapproves its enactment. [3]

Maine Secretary of State, [2]

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See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in Maine

The measure was originally approved by the state legislature and was signed by the governor in April 2000. The legislature then voted to place it on the ballot for voter approval.[2]

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