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1978 California Proposition 6, 1992 Portland Human Rights Ordinance, 1993 Lewiston Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, 1995 Maine Question 1, LGBT Rights Legislation, Catholic Church in Maine’s Views on Gay Rights



The Collection contains materials related to LGBT rights legislation from 1978 to 1995, gathered by Prof. Erica Rand of Bates College. The bulk of the Collection is copies of press articles, with a press kit and campaign materials from Equal Protection Lewiston. The legislation covered includes Proposition 6, also known as The Briggs Initiative, in California in 1978; the 1992 Human Rights Ordinance in Portland, Maine; the Lewiston Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in 1993; and the statewide referendum, Question 1, in 1995. Some articles on LGBT issues other than rights legislation are included.

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The LGBT Rights Legislation Collection was donated by Erica Rand, Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, circa 2005.

Ownership and Literary Rights:

The LGBT Rights Legislation Collection is the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or her/his legal heirs and assigns.

For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections,



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