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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. The referendum was a reversal of action on a similar bill three years earlier. On May 6,a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Maine was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci following legislative approval. Vermont was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by statute, but its Legislature did so by overriding its Governor 's veto.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill Wednesday, and it will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns next month. Conversion therapy aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
They had far more money and volunteers, and geography was on their side, given that New England has been more accepting of same-sex marriage than any other region of the country. Maine, with its libertarian leanings, had seemed to offer an excellent chance of reversing the national trend of voters rejecting marriage equality at the ballot box. Instead, it became the 31st state to block same-sex marriage through a public referendum.
Proponents of the bill spoke out passionately, likening the persecution of gays at the time to the shameful treatment of black people and women that required corrective legislation in the past. Instead, he lined up with Carrier and 99 other House members and voted to kill the proposal. Then he addressed the House on the merits of a plan to allow the hunting of coyotes at night.
The diocese says Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated its 10th bishop on Saturday in a ceremony that drew more than people to St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. Twenty-seven Episcopal bishops and more than clergy members from Maine participated in the service.
On Nov. The outcome is considered too close to call, and the race is galvanizing activists on both sides of the issue across the country. Though five other states have legalized same-sex marriage, including four of Maine's New England neighbors, none has done it with the affirmation of a popular vote.
Before the Rev. June is LGBTQ pride monthan occasion that a number of Maine communities have been celebrating with parades and other festivities — occasions all the more poignant because they come on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot that helped start the modern LGTBQ rights movement. Thomas Mousin, who is also an Episcopalian priest.