Marriage Equality Takes Effect in Maine
December 29, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
Marriage equality came to Maine at 12:00 am today, as the voter-approved marriage law took effect.
Voters approved Question 1 in November, joining residents in Washington State and Maryland in affirming marriage equality. Voters in Minnesota rejected a discriminatory amendment to the state constitution that would have banned marriage equality.
Washington’s law is already in effect, while marriage licenses will begin being issued in Maryland on Tuesday.
HRC contributed more than $840,000 to advance marriage equality in Maine, and sent nearly 85,000 emails to HRC members and supporters. We also recruited several hundred volunteers and sent nearly half a dozen HRC staff to Maine, including critical field and faith-based organizing support for the duration of the campaign.
Congratulations to all who made this hard-fought victory possible, and to all the couples who now can stand before their loved ones and legally wed in Maine!
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