The Portland Press Herald reports:
“Democratic Governor John Baldacci today signed into law a bill allowing gay marriage making Maine the fifth state to allow same sex marriage.
The Governor’s signature came barely an hour after the measure won final approval in the legislature, with a final 31-8 vote in favor in the Maine Senate.”
Baldacci, formerly an opponent of similar bills, noted that churches will not have to perform marriages for same sex couples under the legislation. Maine becomes the fifth state to currently allow same sex marriage. Four of the states are in the six state New England region (CT,MA,VT,ME) with the fifth being Iowa.
Opponents of the legislation appear to be aiming for a referendum on the issue. Hope they lose big time.
Can New Hampshire be far behind?