Maine Reject Extension of Civil Rights Protections Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Question 1 (2005)

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The Maine Sexual Orientation Referendum, on the ballot as Question 1, was on the November 8, 2005 election ballot in Maine as a veto referendum. Voters were asked whether they wished to reject a recently-enacted law passed by the Maine State Legislature that made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in the state.

Election results

Maine Sexual Orientation Veto Referendum
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No223,27455%
Yes 181,926 45%

45% of voters said "yes", which meant that the law was ratified and went into effect.

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The language that appeared on the ballot:

Do you want to reject the new law that would protect people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit based on their sexual orientation?

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