Maine

Relationships

YES
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?
YES
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
YES
Does the state offer any other type of relationship recognition for same-sex couples?

Yes, domestic partnerships.

Workplace

YES
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
YES
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
YES
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
YES
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?

See Maine Revised Statues Title 5 § 4571§ 4572§ 4573§ 4574§ 4575 and § 4576 and 112nd Maine Leg. Bill LD No.1146. 5 M.R.S. § 4553 9-C: “‘Sexual orientation’ means a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression.”

All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference." 

Parenting

Miscellaneous
Who may adopt?

The Maine statute specifies only an unmarried person or married couple may jointly adopt. See 18-A Maine Statutes 9-301. In a lower court case, however, involving a same-sex couple seeking to jointly adopt, the Court concluded that "section 9-301 does not prohibit a joint adoption petition by two unmarried persons." See In re M.A., 2007 ME 123 (2007).  

Miscellaneous
Second-parent adoptions:

Not expressly permitted by statute, but see In re M.A., 2007 ME 123. State is fairly tolerant.

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