According to the Portland Press Herald:
Democratic Gov. 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 state Legislature, with a final 31-8 vote in favor in the Maine Senate.
Baldacci said in a statement that while he has opposed gay marriage in the past, “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and ofequal [sic] protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.
10% of U.S. states have now completely redefined the definition of marriage. It is not a “question of fairness and [of equal] protection under the law,” homosexuals have just as much a right to marry as anyone else, we are simply asking that the definition of marriage not be changed.
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