Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed his state's same-sex marriage bill less than an hour after the legislature approved it. But he raised the possibility that the citizens of the state would overturn the law, saying: "Just as the Maine Constitution demands that all people are treated equally under the law, it also guarantees that the ultimate political power in the state belongs to the people. It was not immediately clear whether New Hampshire Gov.
Maine Voters Reject Gay Marriage Law
Maine gay marriage foes to use Prop 8 firm
By Ros Krasny. The group is working to prevent the repeal of Maine's gay marriage law, which was adopted last spring by Maine's legislature. With 87 percent of precincts reporting, votes to reject the law were running at In each instance, the laws were approved by legislatures and judges, not by popular vote. Citizens in some 30 states before Maine voted against same-sex marriages. The referendum in sparsely populated Maine was thrust onto the national stage, attracting large levels of funding and battle-hardened strategists.
Maine Voters Reject Gay Marriage
Supporters of the Protect Maine Equality campaign hold signs prior to a debate on referendum Question 1, the proposal to rescind the Legislature's approval of same-sex marriage, Wednesday, Oct. Robert F. Today, November 3, the people of Maine will decide whether to keep a law, passed just six months ago, that made Maine the fifth state of six to legalize gay marriage. Polls are predicting a nail-biting finish, with the most recent showing those in favor of repeal ahead by 51 to 47 percent, effectively a tie the poll has a 2.
Friends console one another after learning about the unofficial defeat on Question 1 at election night headquarters in Portland, Maine, early Wednesday morning, Nov. The vote was close but nonetheless a huge defeat for gay activists in a corner of the country considered most sympathetic to their cause. Gay marriage has now lost in every single state -- 31 in all -- in which it has been put to a popular vote.