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Historic: Maine voters legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In a historic and landmark vote, the state of Maine has legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Maine joins Maryland in becoming one of only two states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box. Maryland voters approved their measures tonight as well. As of 10 p.m. PT, a similar measure in Washington state was leading 52 percent to 48 percent.

“This is a landmark election for marriage equality and we will forever look back at this year as a critical turning point in the movement for full citizenship for LGBT people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a statement released moments ago.

“Voters in Maine came to the common-sense conclusion that all people deserve the ability to make loving, lifelong commitments through marriage,”

“We are thrilled for all Maine families and for the dedicated campaign that led this effort through to the end. As we celebrate victory tonight we know we have added momentum to ensure that this victory is soon felt in every corner of this country. Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality and the numbers continue to grow every single day.

“Mainers United for Marriage ran a stellar campaign under the leadership of Matt McTighe and HRC has been proud to have been a part of this fight since the beginning.”

The HRC contributed more than $800,000 to advance marriage equality in Maine, sent 85,000 emails to supporters of marriage equality, recruited several hundred volunteers and sent staff to work on the campaign.

Same-sex couples will be able to begin marrying on, or about, December 6 at the earliest, although this date may change. The initiative goes into effect 30 days after the governor makes a “public proclamation of the result of the vote,” and within 10 days after the result has been determined.

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  1. AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME NEWS! This night keeps getting better!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:06pm
  2. nice

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:06pm
  3. One state at a time~ Yesss!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:06pm
  4. And Maryland and dc. Minnesota is losing :(

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:06pm
  5. So far it is passing in Washington State too :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:07pm
  6. wtg!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:07pm
  7. Cool

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:07pm
  8. Still waiting in Minnesota!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:07pm
  9. Cant say we get voted down by ‘popular vote’ anymore!!! and also why aren’t the networks talking about the totally historic vote in Maine?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  10. Yes yes

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  11. did Maryland actually WIN yet tho or just winning..

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  12. Have you heard about Minnesota yet?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  13. I don’t see a “love loveLOVE” BUTTON.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  14. Same here in Ohio.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  15. AWESOME!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:08pm
  16. Congratulations to all of the rainbow family that lives within this state. Maybe one day my state of Kentucky will also make this positive change.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:09pm
  17. come on minnesota! i still love you though i now live in wa. state!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:09pm
  18. MN is rejecting the amendment, which is good.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:10pm
  19. Now its Florida turn to legalize same sex marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:11pm
  20. Praying one day Florida will pass Same sex marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:12pm
  21. Congratulations Maine!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:16pm
  22. Thank you, Maine!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:16pm
  23. Yesssss. Our voices are heard. Another milestone

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:17pm
  24. So much good news!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:23pm
  25. Thank you Maine. You guys are awesome.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:24pm
  26. I am so happy!!!! Maine The Way Life Should BE!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:25pm
  27. History…in the state where I was born!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:26pm
  28. To paraphrase the Catholic Church: “Hallelujah!”

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:27pm
  29. Yaaaaaaay!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:30pm
  30. It is about time….hopefully the remaining states will follow suit. I will toast to that!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:32pm
  31. One state at a time!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:56pm
  32. yes. now it is time for nebraska

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:59pm
  33. Yeah!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:26pm
  34. Awesome! Congratulations Maine!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:43pm
  35. Congrat Maryland too!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:30am