Maine gay marriage law effective Dec. 29

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gay marriage advocacy groups say Maine's new same-sex marriage law is going into effect Dec. 29.

EqualityMaine says Gov. Paul LePage signed off on the certified election results on Nov. 29. The new law goes into effect 30 days from that date.

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved laws Nov. 6 legalizing same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is already legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

EqualityMaine spokesman David Farmer said it's unclear exactly when couples will actually be able to exchange vows in Maine, since Dec. 29 falls on a Saturday and it's unknown if any municipal offices will be open that day to issue marriage licenses.

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

For those who may not know,

For those who may not know, Maine already has a State Holiday commemorating the Civil Rights movement. It is called Martin Luther King Day.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Equality Maine spokesman

"Equality Maine spokesman David Farmer said it's unclear exactly when couples will actually be able to exchange vows in Maine, since Dec. 29 falls on a Saturday and it's unknown if any municipal offices will be open that day to issue marriage licenses."

Perhaps Maine could have another referendum vote abolishing Saturdays and Sundays so that the smooth flow of issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples would be allowed to proceed unimpeded. It's only fair.

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Great Day!

State should have a State holiday to commenorate the History of Civil Rights starting with the date(s) the first ten amendments were adopted in Maine and ending (for now) with Dec. 29th.

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