Maine Repeal of Ban Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Question 1 (1998)
The Maine Sexual Orientation Discrimination Referendum, on the ballot as Question 1 (Special) was on the 1998 special election ballot in Maine. It passed, with 51.3% of voters in favor. The effect of a "yes" vote was to reject a recently-enacted law passed by the Maine State Legislature that added sexual orientation to the list of conditions that it is illegal to discriminate against in Maine, in terms of jobs, housing, public accommodations and credit.
Text of the proposal
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.