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It’s been a year in Maine for legal gay marriage unions

Councilor Joe Baldacci performed Bangor's first gay marriage union in city hall on December 29, 2012. BDN photo

Councilor Joe Baldacci performed Bangor’s first gay marriage union in city hall on December 29, 2012. BDN photo

“A year ago today we opened Bangor City Hall to perform some of the first gay marriage ceremonies in the State of Maine.

“Today over 1,500 such services have taken place in our state. That means 3,000 people and their families were able to exercise their American right to their own pursuit of happiness.”
-Joe Baldacci

One year later Maine’s leading the way -as first state to allow same sex marriages
By Ramona du Houx of Maine Insights
December 29th, 2013

“A year ago today we opened Bangor City Hall to perform some of the first gay marriage ceremonies in the State of Maine. Today over 1,500 such services have taken place in our state. That means 3,000 people and their families were able to exercise their American right to their own pursuit of happiness,” said City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

James Beckett and Ken Tidd, Margaret Bagg and Hope Rogers and two women were married at Bangor City Hall a year ago today.

In this past year, 9,524 couples have been married since same-sex marriage was legalized in Maine. About 16 percent, 1,530, were same sex couples according to the Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics.

Maine, became the first state to approve gay marriage by popular vote on Nov. 6, 2012. Maryland also approved the measure that year. Since then 18 states have approved same-sex marriage on a regular basis through court rulings, legislative action, and popular votes. Continue reading →