Maine GOP Platform Aims at Transgender Education, Abortion, Unions and Voting Access

The Maine Republican Party recently approved a platform that includes positions against gender-based education, abortion, and marriage equality. They also express opposition towards unions and aim to establish stricter voting requirements.

The party platform, which was talked about at the Maine Republican Party Convention in Augusta, includes many conservative policy positions. The GOP is preparing for an important 2024 election, both at the local and national level. As part of this preparation, they are developing a platform and organizing a convention. Given that situation, here are some of the positions that Maine Republicans endorse.

The platform states that Republicans believe that human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. They also oppose using taxpayer funds for abortions or any activities that go against the sanctity of human life.

Abortion has become an important topic in Maine and across the country since the Roe v. Wade decision in 2022. Democrats generally want to make it easier to get an abortion and provide more legal protections, while Republicans usually disagree with abortion.

The platform also has several rules regarding education. The Maine Republican Party wants to prevent public preK-12 schools from promoting gender affirming health care practices or teaching about genders other than male and female. However, they do accept individuals who are born with physical intersex traits.

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Republicans also state that they are against policies that weaken “individual accountability” and instead prioritize focusing on any social class, gender, or race. Additionally, the platform states that Republicans believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Mainers voted in favor of marriage equality in 2012.

The party also wants to pass right to work laws to “boost economic growth.” However, labor groups argue that these laws make it more difficult for people to join unions and negotiate for better conditions.

Furthermore, the platform includes policies that Republicans argue would “safeguard the fairness of the election process.” One idea being suggested is to require individuals to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering to vote, and to show a Maine photo ID when actually voting.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has previously expressed her opposition to voter ID proposals. She believes that the state’s elections are already free and secure, and she highlights the fact that individuals must provide proof of identity when registering to vote.

“Requiring people to have a specific type of photo identification in order to vote would create problems with organization, cost people money, and could lead to unfair treatment,” Bellows said last year. She mentioned that this requirement could be especially difficult for certain groups, like people of color, older voters, people living in poverty, or those in rural areas.

Although the platform does not specifically talk about the 2020 presidential election, some Republican candidates running for the Maine legislature in the 2022 cycle did spread former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the election was fraudulent. They also made other comments casting doubt on the election results.

The party platform also includes other conservative positions such as opposing amnesty for those who entered the country illegally and advocating for English to be the official language of Maine and the U.S.

Furthermore, the platform aims to protect the individual’s right to own and carry firearms. After the mass shooting in Lewiston in October, Democratic lawmakers took action to make Maine’s gun safety laws stronger. Eventually, the Legislature passed several measures.

At the Republican convention, some changes to the platform were suggested, but only a few were accepted. One of the approved proposals, introduced by Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin), suggests that the Legislature should prevent the Maine National Guard from being sent to a foreign conflict unless Congress declares war first.

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