By STEVE CAMPBELL Staff Writer ęCopyright 1997 Guy Gannett Communications
The passage of the gay-rights law in Maine has received a fair amount of attention in the nation's capital.
Gov. Angus King, who signed the law, was featured prominently in a story in the gay newspaper, the Washington Blade. The story noted that King's signature brought to 11 the number of states enacting legislation to protect gay people against discrimination.
''Unless opponents in Maine succeed in an announced effort to keep the law from taking effect by putting it to a referendum, all six New England states will soon ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation - the first region to have total coverage,'' the newspaper reported.
Sue Hyde, a Massachusetts-based organizer of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said she was thrilled: ''We are now the land of the free and brave homos. . . . Let the lesbian and gay people of the world know that New England is a place where you can hold your head up and don't have to be intimidated in the workplace or in schools or other public facilities.''
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