Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Maine becomes 5th US state to allow gay marriage

I liked the way The Cali Garmo reflects the news on his Twitter page: "Legally able to get married in 1/10 of the United States finally thanks to Maine. Now if only California would catch up with the times!"
Governor John Baldacci today signed into law a bill making Maine the fifth US state to allow gay marriage. Interestingly, in the past, Baldacci has opposed to the idea of gay marriage, while supporting civil unions. However, in a statement issued today, he says: "I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."

Local media reports that "Tuesday's vote moved New England closer to allowing same-sex marriage throughout the region. New Hampshire legislators were also poised to send a gay marriage bill to their governor, who hasn't indicated whether he'll sign it. If he does, Rhode Island would be the region's sole holdout."
It's now five stars for the US marriage equality flag.