May 6th, 2009
11:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Same-sex marriage bill passes in Maine

Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.

Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.

(CNN) - Maine lawmakers Wednesday voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state, the state Office of Legislative Information said. The bill now goes to Gov. John Baldacci for his signature or veto.

Baldacci, a Democrat, has not said whether he will sign it.

"He's going to make a decision when it hits his desk," spokesman Dan Cashman told CNN immediately after the vote. He said the governor is likely to make a statement later in the day.

Three states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa - currently allow same-sex marriages. Vermont has passed a law making gay and lesbian marriages legal. That bill takes effect in September. New Hampshire lawmakers are close to passing a similar bill.

A slim majority of Americans are against legal recognition for same-sexmarriage, CNN polling found last month. Fifty-four percent of adults questioned in an April 23-26 nationwide CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should not be recognized as valid, while 44 percent said they should be considered legal.

The survey's sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. librarian

    Wonderful news.

    May 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Goverment is your Keeper

    The Pres. doesn't agree so he must be a hater,bigot ??

    May 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. suzy

    fantastic!
    keep it coming!

    May 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Candy West Virginia

    Wonderful news! Discrimination should be banned. Tolerance is the key.

    May 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Eric

    It really is happening! 🙂

    May 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Nick

    Governor Baldacci:

    Please support marriage equality in the state of Maine, sign the marriage bill into law! You can make a difference, and history, and forever will be remembered.

    Signed,

    A Moderate Democrat & Law Student

    May 6, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Dr. Joel E. Radney

    Nobody is going t o listen t o what I say, because the people in this country has left God out of everything. Until we get back to what our founders said, "In God We Trust", we can expect things to continue down the downward spiral. One man for one woman, not one man for one man, or one woman for one woman. Even in nature, you don't see two male birds mating. It is a "sickness" for any man to have romantic feelings for another man. Lets treat the illness, not embrase it.

    May 6, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Tom Paine

    Goes to show what happens when the DNC pressures and threatens every Democrat in Maine.

    Veto it.

    May 6, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Tony

    It'll probably be vetoed.

    May 6, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Gene

    I would say something negative, but then I would be charged with a hate crime...or, someone would dig something embarassing out of my past and spread it all over the place...

    May 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. James

    Great news! One step at a time. One state at a time...Equality for all!

    This was the same process as Racial Equality!

    May 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Liberty and Justice for ALL

    Thank God. Finally there is some momentum.

    May 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Muhammad Sattaur

    WORST NEWS EVER>>>this is result of the liberal majority

    May 6, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. nessa ahava

    Bravo, Maine and New Hampshire legislatures; Governors, do the right thing!

    May 6, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Sorry Pilan

    Alaska will be next! YEA!

    May 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Sara from Arizona

    Marriage=Man and woman.

    May 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Niki

    Same-sex marriage legislation seems to be gaining steam this year. Obtaining the rights and protections that marriage provides will take much longer in some states than others but as a recent poll (unfortunately I cannot remember who conducted it or when) suggests the trend is certainly moving in the direction of extending the protections of civil marriage (contract between two consenting adults of sound mind that may or may not include a religious ceremony depending on the wishes of the couple) to same sex couples...especially among young people. I am extremely happy to see that "equal protection" is being taken seriously. I am sure there are those who aren't as happy about this. I just wish that both those for and those against same-sex marriage could be more respectful of one another when discussing it and try to use facts and logical arguments rather than their religious beliefs and personal attacks.

    May 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Deb

    The times, they are a-changin'...

    May 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. dave

    makes sense for Maine, it is cold and lonely, keep your options open

    May 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Goverment is your Keeper – The President has said repeatedly it is up to the states to decide unlike the rethuglicans who despite calling for a small government want to tell people who they should and should not marry.

    May 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What is this country coming to?

    May 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. LEE from CA

    Its about time!! Yet its so sad that coming from CA ,a state that is suppose to be so progressive, and the idiots of this state passed Prop 8.

    May 6, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Christa

    Too bad, the country is going down.

    May 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Matt

    WONDERFUL news!! EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS!! What a concept!! This is a good day!

    May 6, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Rob

    I'm miffed at several reactions noted here. First, it's not discrimination. It's simply a matter of rites versus rights. Marriage is a religious rite, not a civil right. The gay community should and does have the right to all the benefits of marriage; however, to call it a marriage, a religious rite, is not one them, nor should it. Essentially, you're forcing the religious community to ignore / abandon their beliefs – that is flat wrong. The true intent here is to legitimize a lifestyle. Marriage is between a man and woman; for same-sex couples its a civil union. End of discussion.

    May 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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