WATCH: The Moment of Victory in Maine

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on Advocate.com November 09 2012 7:18 PM ET

On Tuesday night, Maine became the first state in U.S. history to legalize marriage equality through a popular vote. While Washington state and Maryland voters also approved same-sex marriage bills put forward by the state legislature, Maine's initiative was distinct because just three years earlier, Mainers voted to rescind marriage equality legislation put forward by the state legislature.

But on November 6, Maine voters definitively changed their minds, voting to reinstate marriage equality with 54% of the electorate voting "Yes" on Question 1. The moment of victory was caught on video and shows a jubilant crowd rejoicing at Mainers United for Marriage's headquarters. Watch the video below, and grab a box of tissues for the coming tears of joy.