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'''Maine Question 1 (Special)''' was on the [[Maine 1998 ballot measures|1998 special]] election ballot in [[Maine]].  It passed, with 51.3% of voters in favor. 
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==Text of the proposal==
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The '''Maine Repeal of Ban Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination People's Veto''', also known as '''Question 1''', was on the [[1998 ballot measures#Maine|February 10, 1998 ballot]] in [[Maine]] as a {{vrfull}}, where it was '''approved'''.<ref>[http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/refvot.htm ''Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library,'' "Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-," accessed May 5, 2014]</ref> The measure repealed legilsation that had banned discrimination based on sexual orientation for jobs, housing, public accommodations and credit.<ref name=SOS>[http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/int98sp.htm ''Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division,'' "Maine Citizen's Guide to the Special Election, Tuesday, February 10, 1998," accessed May 5, 2014]</ref>
The language that appeared on the ballot:
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''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? ''
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==Aftermath==
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After this special election vote on a [[List of People's Veto ballot measures in Maine|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.
  
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==Election results==
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Election results via: [http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/refvot.htm Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-]
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==Text of measure==
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The language appeared on the ballot as:<ref name=SOS/>
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<center>QUESTION 1: PEOPLE'S VETO</center>
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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?
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===Summary===
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The Maine Citizen's Guide to the Special Election provided the following description of the intent and content of this measure:
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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 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.
 
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.
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A "YES" vote is in favor of the people's veto and disapproves the legislation.
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==Similar measures==
 
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* [[Maine Limiting Protected Classifications, Question 1 (1995)]] {{defeated}}
A "NO" vote is in opposition to the people's veto and approves the legislation.
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* [[Maine Election Timing of People's Veto, Question 8 (1999)]] {{approved}}
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Maine 1998 ballot measures]]
 
* [[Maine 1998 ballot measures]]
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* [[1998 ballot measures]]
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* [[List of Maine ballot measures]]
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* [[History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine]]
  
==Reference==
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==External links==
* [http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/inivot.htm "Votes on Initiated Bills: 1910-"], compiled by the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library.
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* [http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/int98sp.htm Maine Citizen's Guide to the Special Election, Tuesday, February 10, 1998], from [[Maine Secretary of State]]
* [http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legismgt/elect/dbintro.htm National Conference of State Legislatures Ballot Measures Database]
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* [http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/refvot.htm Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-]
  
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The Maine Repeal of Ban Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination People's Veto, also known as Question 1, was on the February 10, 1998 ballot in Maine as a veto referendum, where it was approved.[1] The measure repealed legilsation that had banned discrimination based on sexual orientation for jobs, housing, public accommodations and credit.[2]

Aftermath

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.

Election results

Maine Question 1 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 145,452 51.29%
No138,15348.71%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

QUESTION 1: PEOPLE'S VETO

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? [3]

Summary

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

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. [3]

—Maine Secretary of State, [2]

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