Maine voters gay marriage newspaper

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Maine voters approved gay marriage Nov. As of press time, Maine had voted 54 to 46 percent in favor of marriage equality. Marriage equality opponents have previously expressed concern that if the measure passed, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights advocates will cite Maine as an example that public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted over the years, according to the Associated Press.

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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. The referendum was a reversal of action on a similar bill three years earlier. On May 6,a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maine was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci following legislative approval.

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With 65 percent of precincts reporting at a. Maine now joins six other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in allowing lesbians and gays to marry. News of the vote was met with jubilant cries at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where hundreds of supporters of the ballot initiative gathered to await the results.

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Wednesday, with — or 62 percent— of precincts reporting, there werevotes, or Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, which supports Question 1, declared victory just before midnight. Carroll Conley, co-chairman of Protect Marriage Maine, which opposed Question 1, conceded in a statement emailed to the media about a. We made the case for traditional marriage, but we are terribly disappointed we were unable to convince enough voters to hold onto the value of traditional marriage for society.

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Tovia Smith. The number of states where gay marriage is legal will grow by at least two. On Tuesday, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same sex marriage by popular referendum.

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In Maine, a referendum that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry was voted down. The defeat is a setback for a gay-rights movement which has found New England most receptive to same-sex marriage in recent years. The measure was passed by the Maine legislature and signed by Democratic Gov.

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Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Portland City Hall opened at midnight to issue the first marriage licenses under the new law. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.

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Washington has become the third state to endorse same sex marriage, delivering a clean sweep of results that have made election night a key turning point in the battle for gay equality. Campaigners in the state declared victory on Wednesday, following in the steps of Maine and Maryland where the results were announced on Tuesday night. Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage rights nationwide, said on Wednesday afternoon that a majority of Washington voters had approved Referendum 74, upholding the freedom to marry law passed by the legislature. Washington officials will begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples in early December.

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But in Washington state, it appeared that a referendum to uphold a law granting same-sex domestic partners the same rights as married spouses would be narrowly approved, 51 percent to 49 percent. The bishops also had opposed an initiative that would have limited government spending growth to inflation plus population growth, with excess revenue used to reduce property taxes. Voters, siding with Catholic and other faith leaders, rejected it by a 5-to-4 margin.

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Licenses were issued just after midnight as a state law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect. Among the newly married couples were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who held a commitment ceremony six years ago but made things official with a simple ceremony. Bridges said. Bridges, 42, and Mr.

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