Maine originally banned marriage for same sex couples in more than needed to qualify for the ballot.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of Maine since December 29, 2012. A bill for the legalization of such marriages was approved by voters, 53-47 percent, on November 6, 2012, as Maine, Maryland and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
Voters in Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage on an election night that jubilant gay rights advocates called a historic turning.
Maryland, Maine, Washington approve gay marriage. Edith Honan The vote was hailed as a watershed moment by gay rights activists.