Same-sex couples were married legally in Maine beginning at midnight, last night. Many communities offered special hours to accommodate the festivities. Maine’s largest city, Portland, opened at midnight to provide licenses as soon as the law went into effect. So did a neighboring town, Falmouth. Others including Bangor, Brunswick and Augusta will open with special hours to issue licenses.
Voter approved same-sex marriage laws are already in effect in Washington state and Maryland’s takes effect on January 1.