Same-sex marriage takes effect in Maine

The first couples exchanged vows on Saturday


Natasha Lennard
December 30, 2012 7:51PM (UTC)

Couples exchanged wedding vows for the first time ever in Maine Saturday under the new same-sex marriage laws. Voters in Maine, as well Maryland and Washington, voted to allow same-sex marriage in their state last November, bringing the tally of states with statutes legalizing gay marriage to nine.

According to reports, around 250 supporters gathered outside Maine City Hall to cheer the first couple to marry under the new law -- Steven Bridges, 42, and Michael Snell, 53. According to the Guardian, "a group in the crowd sang the Beatles song 'All You Need Is Love,' accompanied by several musicians playing brass horns, and many carried signs with such slogans as 'America's new day begins in Maine' and 'Love one another.'"

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Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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