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EqualityMaine endorses Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate

Sep 28, 2020

Portland — EqualityMaine has endorsed Democrat Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate, saying its announcement is part of EqualityMaine's series of endorsements of state and federal candidates who are committed to full equality for LGBTQ Mainers and their families.

It also marks the first time the organization has endorsed against Susan Collins since 2002.

"Susan Collins has been in the Senate for 24 years — ample time to demonstrate that she will fight for us. But again and again, Susan Collins has been a disappointment," said Darlene Huntress, EqualityMaine board member.

"Sara Gideon’s leadership in the Legislature has brought remarkable progress on LGBTQ issues," according to the announcement. "As Speaker of the House, she led bipartisan pro-equality majorities in passing legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, prohibit the use of the gay and trans 'panic' defense in criminal cases, and modernize the Maine Human Rights Act to clarify the protections based on gender identity.

"In addition, Sara was the lead sponsor on two of EqualityMaine’s top priority bills, prohibiting insurance companies from excluding trans health care in insurance plans offered in Maine, and helping veterans who were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation or gender identity by making them eligible for state veterans benefits," the announcement said.

Huntress said, "The people of Maine have made it clear, multiple times, that they support full equality for their LGBTQ friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Sara Gideon’s track record of delivering real results for our community speaks for itself, and we know she will be a fierce advocate for us in Washington."

Founded in 1984, EqualityMaine is dedicated to achieving full equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Mainers, and currently has more than 70,000 members statewide.


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