Gay marriage law goes into effect in Maine



Jocelyn Guzman, left, 45, and Shawn Sanders, 49, kiss as they are among the first same-sex couples getting marriage licenses December 6 in Vancouver, Washington. AP

PORTLAND — Chris Kast and Byron Bartlett already consider themselves married after a 2010 ceremony overlooking Portland Harbor, but now they’re doing it all over again — planning to be among the first to get a marriage license now that Maine’s same-sex marriage law has taken effect.

Portland City Hall opened at midnight to issue the first marriage licenses under the new law. There were free carnation boutonnieres, and a jazz trio played.

Voters approved gay marriage in November, making Maine and two other states the first to do so by popular vote. The law is already in effect in Washington state; Maryland’s takes effect on Tuesday, the first day of 2013.

Gay marriage was already legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia, but those laws were either enacted by lawmakers or through court rulings.

Kast and Bartlett were among about a dozen couples waiting in line at Portland City Hall. With their four daughters home for the holidays, the couple decided they would wed on the spot after getting their marriage license. They didn’t see the need for another big ceremony.

“This is putting a period on an important sentence for us,” said Kast, 52, who has been with Bartlett, 42, for more than six years. “We’re going to finish it, and put it behind us.”

The Maine Legislature had once approved same-sex marriage, but it was overturned by a statewide referendum three years ago, crushing couples who had already made wedding plans. Gay marriage supporters collected signatures to put it on the ballot again, and this time it was easily approved.

Gov. Paul LePage signed off on the certified election results on Nov. 29, so the new law was to go into effect 30 days from that date. In addition to gay marriage becoming legal, same-sex marriages in other states will now be recognized by the state of Maine.

Nobody knew exactly how many couples would be rushing to get their marriage licenses early Saturday. Falmouth joined Portland in opening at midnight. A handful of other communities including Bangor, Brunswick and Augusta planned to hold special Saturday hours.

Suzanne Blackburn and Joanie Kunian, of Portland, were among those in line to get their license at midnight, but they didn’t plan to wed immediately. One of their grandchildren wanted them to get married on Valentine’s Day.

“I don’t think that we dared to dream too big until we had the governor’s signature,” Blackburn said. “That’s why it’s so important, because it feels real.”

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  • Tristanism

    Hide this before Arguelles sees this.

    • Guest

       Who in Maine cares about Arguelles?

      • Tristanism

        Nobody, I hope.

  • Dynamic

    No wonder we have HIV/AIDS,hurricanes,tornadoes,earthquakes,floods,wars,worldwide economic decline,diseases,etc.they all happen as they happen for a reason.

    • Romulos

       Yeah no wonder we had the great Noah’s flood.

  • shots_fired

    All LGBT are AntiChrist take note i am saying not one not half but all. Who gave us marriage? No other than God, What did he say, man and woman shall be one, he did not say gay and man, lesbian and gay , homosexual and homosexual. LGBT disgust me, fornicators and homosexual God hates them, now they hate GOd.

    Call this as hate speech, anyway anything said against LGBT are considered hate speech!

    • Romulos

       The children of Adam and Eve committed incest!

      • Guest

        According to the bible, there are at least two nations which resulted from incest.

      • shots_fired

        If that so then you commit incest since we are all children of adam and eve.

    • Guest

       And Ian Alera alias Idiot Cholera calls even you an idiot. Can’t believe it.

      • shots_fired

        Yup the King of all Idiot.

    • SojuSaki

      A classic potshot from a stupido with a severe twisted mindset. If I find any existing hell, I will be the first to drag you and your hypocrite brethren there. 

      • shots_fired

        Another mad LGBT mad at me , that is normal.

    • ann

      SO YOU LOVE God? who is your God tell me

      • shots_fired

        The God of abraham,Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Old and New Testament, The God of The holy Bible that made both Male and Female. That is my God

  • rodben

    Coming soon in the Philippines GAY LAW MAKERS AND SOME GOV’T OFFICIAL WILL BE HAPPY.

  • Guest

    Live and let live. If they in Main want that, not our problem, not our business. PERIOD.

  • kilabot

    it’s happening right now. 
    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) dangerous drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    the agenda is being pushed around the world; 
    some countries have already legalized one or more of the agenda items; 
    the push is intensifying; targeting world leaders and people of influence; 
    uk, france, netherlands, spain, sweden, southafrica, argentina and canada have fallen; 
    obama, clinton and carter have fallen; the whole usa may fall soon; 
    noykapon has fallen; so do many ph politicians and academics; ph on the verge of falling; 

    everything will be redefined; 
    $sodomy becomes love; bestialisex is affection; a toilet bowl becomes a sex object; 
    a junkie is chic; a prostitute is enterprising; 
    adopting the agenda is equated to progress, prosperity and advancement; 

    the idea is to make the world one big orgy; all people thinking, behaving and acting alike; 
    one world order; the reign of the great pervert; 
    there will be no more right nor wrong; there is only normal perversion; 

    time to choose which side you are on; fence-sitting not recommended. 

    No to perversion! 

    • Tristanism

      Man-beast union sounds like a plan.

  • kilabot

    ..God has given them over to shameful passions. Even the women pervert the natural use of their sex by unnatural acts. 
    In the same way the men give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other. Men do shameful things with each other, and as a result they bring upon themselves the punishment they deserve for their wrongdoing. (rom 1:26-27)

    • SojuSaki

      Why don’t youstupid live your own life and let other people live there own lives. If you can’t live a day without minding other people’s lives, go to hell and burn yourself for eternity. No one will care.

  • paul_revere80

    If two people really love each other and want to share a life together, then let them be. They should be allowed to get married. Who are we to judge them?

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