Marriage Equality in Maine

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On April 30, the Maine state Senate voted in favor of legislation that would permit same-sex couples to marry under state law. The state Senate voted 21-14 in favor of the measure. The state House voted 89 to 57 in favor of the measure on May 5. One day later, Gov. John Baldacci signed the legislation. The new law is scheduled to become effective in mid-September 2009 however, opponents of equality have stated they will seek to repeal the new law by gathering signatures in support of a petition to put the question of marriage equality before voters on the ballot. If sufficient signatures are gathered before the law becomes effective, the law will be put on hold pending resolution of the ballot measure.

On April 30, the Maine state Senate voted in favor of legislation that would permit same-sex couples to marry under state law. The state Senate voted 21-14 in favor of the measure. The state House voted 89 to 57 in favor of the measure on May 5. One day later, Gov. John Baldacci signed the legislation. The new law is scheduled to become effective in mid-September 2009 however, opponents of equality have stated they will seek to repeal the new law by gathering signatures in support of a petition to put the question of marriage equality before voters on the ballot. If sufficient signatures are gathered before the law becomes effective, the law will be put on hold pending resolution of the ballot measure.

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