In 2012, Maine became the first state in the country to approve LGBTQ marriage equality by popular vote. Equality Maine was a central author of that victory for justice and equity. Since 1984, Equality Maine has led the way for equal rights and status for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families. With support from Maine Initiatives, Equality Maine sustained a savvy, strategic campaign to win marriage equality, sending a strong message to the nation and securing the rights and protections that Maine’s GLBTQ families deserve. Their important work continues, as they support transgender equity, adoption rights, outreach to rural communities and youth, and non-discrimination. Maine Initiatives is proud to be a longstanding supporter of Equality Maine’s groundbreaking work, making Maine a national leader in justice and equity.