Today couples began marrying in Maine after a long campaign to make marriage equality legal there, including a loss at the ballot box in 2009 when voters banned gays and lesbians from marrying.
As part of a wave of successes for LGBT activists in November, Maine became the first state where voters approved a referendum initiated by marriage equality advocates. The measure won 53% to 47%. And the governor certified the results 30 days ago, which set up couples to begin marrying after midnight.
USA Today reports that the first couple to wed — Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, a retail manager and a massage therapist respectively — were serenaded by crowds gathered outside the Portland city hall with the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."
Below check out photos and comments on Twitter.
— David Farmer (@dfarmer14) December 29, 2012
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 29, 2012
— Caroline Cornish (@ccsquirrel) December 29, 2012
— Seth and the City (@SethKoenig) December 29, 2012
The first couple is married!
— EqualityMaine (@EqualityMaine) December 29, 2012
— alexsteed (@alexsteed) December 29, 2012
— Krister Rollins (@KristerR) December 29, 2012
Gay marriage legal; joyous couples begin marrying. Great news for ALL Mainers - and the sky didn't fall this morning.bit.ly/Wbky3F
— Steve Woods (@SteveWoods2014) December 29, 2012