Voters approve gay marriage in Maine, Maryland

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Voters on Nov. 6 approved measures to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine and in Maryland.

A measure to legalize gay marriage in Washington was polling ahead late Nov. 6 while an anti-gay effort to amend the Minnesota constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman was facing defeat.

In Maine, the vote was about 52 percent for legalzing gay marriage and 48 percent against when the question was called.

With a victory projected in Maine, Matt McTighe, manager of Yes on 1:Mainers United for Marriage, said, "Tonight, here in Maine, we proved that voters can change their hearts and minds if we tell our stories and give our fellow citizens a personal connection to the countless families whose lives are impacted by this debate.

"The victory belongs to the thousands of marriage supporters in Maine and across the country who have worked tirelessly for nearly three years to make it possible for all loving, committed couples in Maine to obtain a marriage license."

Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, said, "This is a landmark election for marriage equality and we will forever look back at this year as a critical turning point in the movement for full citizenship for LGBT people. Voters in Maine came to the common-sense conclusion that all people deserve the ability to make loving, lifelong commitments through marriage."

In Maryland, with more than 80 percent of the vote counted, the vote was 58 percent for legalizing gay marriage and 42 percent against.

"This is a monumental victory," said Josh Levin of Marylanders for Marriage Equality Coalition. "Tonight Marylanders across the state stood up and affirmed our longstanding tradition of supporting fairness and equality. As the crowd cheers at the Baltimore Soundstage, ripples are being felt across the country as we stand up proudly as the first state in the nation to approve civil marriage for all loving, committed families."

Griffin said, "Today the marriage equality map expands to Maryland, giving thousands more loving couples the opportunity to make lifelong commitments through marriage. This is a milestone night for the simple truth that when Americans are presented with the real lives of their friends and neighbors, they have no choice but to vote for their equality. It is the momentum reflected in poll after poll that shows a growing majority for marriage equality across the country."

In Washington, with 49.5 percent of the tallying done, 51.8 percent supported legalizing gay marriage and 48.2 percent were against.

In Minnesota, the vote for the anti-gay amendment was 46.2 percent with 34.3 percent precincts reporting. The vote against the anti-gay amendment was 50.2 percent.