That’s 5 Down, 45 to Go
Posted on May 6, 2009
Hey, everyone—same-sex marriage is now legal in Maine! Take that, Miss California! There are rumors that New Hampshire may be next, leaving Rhode Island as the last bastion of heteronormativity in all of New England.
AP via Google News:
Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat who hadn’t indicated how he would handle his state’s bill, quickly signed it.
“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Baldacci said in a statement read in his office. “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”
The vote by the Maine Senate was 21-13, with one lawmaker absent. The bill authorizes marriage between any two people rather than between one man and one woman, as state law currently allows. The House had passed the bill Tuesday.