Your Rights in Maine

GLAD won the right of same-sex couples to jointly adopt in Maine, in the 2007 case Adoption of M.A.

LGBT Issues

Anti-Discrimination Law

Maine’s anti-discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity or expression. More →

Family Law

Same-sex couples can marry in Maine. Single gay people can adopt in Maine; same-sex couples can jointly become the legal parents of a child. More →

Hate Crimes, Sex Laws and Police

Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under Maine’s hate crimes laws. More →

Students' Rights

Maine law forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. More →


HIV Anti-Discrimination Law

Maine has enacted anti-discrimination laws protecting people with HIV from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. More →

HIV Testing and Privacy

Maine only requires that a patient be informed that an HIV test will be performed unless the patient declines, but has a statute that requires written consent for the release of HIV-related medical information. More →

Other HIV-Related Laws

Maine law authorizes the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to certify needle exchange programs. More →

GLAD’s Work in Maine

From the Docket


Nolan v. Labree

Addressing the issue of parentage in gestational surrogate births for the first time, the Maine… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

April 13, 2011

Opposing An Act to Amend the Application of the ME Human Rights Act Regarding Public Accommodations

GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi presented testimony yesterday before the… More →

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July 21, 2014

Impact of White House EO on LGBT Federal Workers and Contractors in New England

Statement by Gary Buseck, Interim Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Every day we hear about LGBT people who are not treated… More →

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