HRC and EQME Out in Maine for Repeal

I’m back– and so is the hope of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!”

Last year, on behalf of HRC, I worked in Maine to successfully pass marriage equality legislation and defend it at the ballot box with EqualityMaine. After a few months working on elections in Maine, I have returned to HRC to continue to work for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” All eyes are on Maine because of Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of whom are crucial votes to ensure that the Senate passes legislation to repeal the discriminatory law this year.

I will be working in Maine over the next few weeks to ensure that Collins and Snowe  know that their constituents want them to vote for repeal. Today, I met with the staff of EqualityMaine to discuss outreach to veterans and their members to ask them to get involved. There is no time to waste. The report from the Pentagon regarding the repeal is now scheduled to be released on November 30, and a Senate vote is thought to be shortly thereafter.

You can help! Please call Senator Snowe and Senator Collins and let them know that you want them to vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

If you are a veteran in Maine and would be willing to meet with your Senators, please contact me at

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EQME Call To Action: Smith Outlines LePage’s Anti-LGBT Positions

Go, Betsy, Go!

She's right- as the polls stand right now, LePage is leading in the Maine gubernatorial race. But we have enough time to gather together up here and work HARD to elect a Governor who will not only defend our 2005 anti-discrimination law, but who has already voted for marriage equality in Maine and worked hard with us all.


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Check out this email blast:


 Please join us for a Community Conversation in your area — beginning tonight in southern York County and tomorrow night in Hancock County.

It's time to talk about the harsh reality — that winning marriage equality in Maine hinges on what happens on November 2, 2010. That's when Maine voters will decide who to elect to the legislature and who will be the next governor.

It's not hard to imagine what happens to our plans to win marriage equality if Mainers elect Paul LePage as governor. This is the man who will not only veto a marriage bill but wants to repeal the Maine Human Rights Act. Think we're kidding? Not at all.

Repealing the Maine Human Rights Act would end basic non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, which we finally won — with overwhelming support from Maine voters — in 2005. After coming so close to winning marriage equality, Paul LePage would take us back to the dark ages.

But the fact is, Paul LePage leads in every single poll. If the election were held today, Paul LePage would be our next governor.

The good news is, if we mobilize like we did for marriage equality last year, we can change the outcome of this race.

Please join us at a Community Conversation to learn about how we can influence the outcome of this election, both in the governor's race and in the legislature.

Bring your friends and family. This is a call to action.


Betsy Smith, Executive Director



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