Maine Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

Becomes the 5th State in the US to legalize same-sex marriage

Woot!! Another amazing day for marriage equality here in the United States of America! After the Maine State Congress earlier this week passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in their State, Governor John Baldacci has today announced that he has signed the bill into law — making Maine the 5th State in the US to legalize same-sex marriage and the second (after Vermont) to do so by State legislature rather than by court order:


Gov. John Baldacci on Wednesday signed a gay marriage bill passed just hours before by the Maine Legislature. Baldacci made his announcement within an hour of the Maine Senate giving its final approval to LD 1020. The Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the measure after a short debate. “In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Baldacci said in a written statement. “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 House of Representatives gave its approval on a 89-57 vote Tuesday. The governor’s signature makes Maine the fifth state to allow gay marriage. In his statement, Baldacci also acknowledged that his signature may not be the last word on the issue. Opponents have vowed to begin the process of a “people’s veto” to send the matter to referendum. “Just as the Maine Constitution demands that all people are treated equally under the law, it also guarantees that the ultimate political power in the State belongs to the people,” Baldacci said. “While the good and just people of Maine may determine this issue, my responsibility is to uphold the Constitution and do, as best as possible, what is right. I believe that signing this legislation is the right thing to do.” Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa have been ordered by the courts to do so, and Connecticut later enacted a law codifying the court ruling. Vermont in April passed a gay marriage law over the governor’s objection.

OMG … Happy, Happy Day!!! It’s like the floodgates of equality and justice have opened up in this country! I cannot believe that so many States have legalized same-sex marriage in this country already … and in such a short period of time! It’s almost as if a new State legalizes the practice on a weekly basis (if only that were really the case). I listened to some of the impassioned debate in the Maine House of Representatives this week on this matter and I was almost brought to tears by the amazing things that many of the legislators spoke before the House. Yes, there was much bigotry and hatred spoken in the oral debate by some but the overwhelmingly positive remarks really filled me with hope and optimism that one day (hopefully soon) marriage equality will be made available for all US citizens. Thank you Maine! Thank you for taking the lead along with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont in allowing the citizens of your States the same access to marriage that all heterosexual couples enjoy in this country. These 5 states will forever be remembered as the birthplace of marriage equality in the United States of America. Again … thank you!

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  1. Rob

    I wonder how many people had to look at a map today to see where Maine is. It blows my mind whenever I go on vacation (in the US) and tell people that I’m from Maine and they think it’s part of Canada or have never heard of it.

  2. Katie

    PROUD TO BE A MAINE GIRL!

  3. ran

    Thnx to The Netherlands, the world finally starts taking equal rights serious:

    Legalized gay marriages:
    The Netehrlands ( 2001) , Belgium ( 2003), Massachusetts ( 2004) Spain ( 2005) Canada ( 2005), South Africa ( 2006), Connecticut ( 2008), Iowa ( 2009) Norway ( 2009 ), Vermont ( 2009) Sweden ( 2009) Maine (2009)

  4. DeAnna

    Yay! I’m so proud of my home state right now! I too was listening to the debate this week & I agree that many of the legislators had really great, touching things to say. Brought tears to my eyes more than once (: It’s so nice to see our efforts pay off (I was one of many people who gathered signtures requesting the lagalization of marriage equality for all and sent the pettions in this past election season).

  5. Can I get a “WOOT WOOT!”??

  6. Betsy

    D.C. too!!

  7. Aaron

    SO AWESOME!! It’s kinda crazy to think that places like Maine and Iowa would pass something like this and California of all places can’t/won’t….Says a lot about pre-conceived notions and stereotypes! THANK YOU MAINE!!

  8. dholmas

    I have to say congrats to my home state. I have always had gay/lesbian friends. My ex-husband can now marry his partner instead of just having a commitment ceremony. An old saying “As Maine goes so goes the nation”. We are a pretty conservative but forward looking state.

  9. I’m from MA and was proud when they allowed same sex marriage and for the last 9 years I’ve lived in Maine and I’m so happy that we now allow it! It still baffles me how only 5 states are allowing same sex marriage when we’re supposed to be a country that treats all people equally. I’m hoping these 5 states motivate the rest of the country to follow.
    :)

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