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Same-Sex Marriage in Maine Effective Dec. 29

This post comes from HRC Editorial & Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Maine's marriage equality law will take effect on December 29, permitting same-sex couples in the state to legally marry.

Last month, Maine decided to allow same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses by popular vote. Question 1, titled “An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom,” was approved by the voters 53 to 47 percent.

Governor Paul LePage signed off on the official election results on Nov. 29, meaning that the law will go into effect Dec. 29.

HRC contributed more than $840,000 to advance marriage equality in Maine, along with sending nearly 85,000 emails to HRC members and supporters. Several hundred volunteers and nearly half a dozen HRC staff were on the ground in Maine organizing critical field and faith-based support throughout the campaign.

Read more about the road to winning marriage equality in Maine, and stay tuned for more information about the implementation of the law in the coming weeks.

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