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Maine Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination Act, Question 6 (2000)

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Maine Question 6, also known as the Prohibit Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation Act, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Maine. It was defeated, with 49.62% of voters in favor.

Election results

Question 6
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No318,84650.38%
Yes 314,012 49.62%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Legislative Statute

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.

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