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Maine moves a step closer to allowing gay marriage

Maine moves a step closer to allowing gay marriage

Lawmakers in Maine approved a bill Tuesday that would make the state the fifth to allow gay marriage.
The bill faces one more vote each in the House and Senate before it goes to Gov. John Baldacci. He is a Democrat and remains undecided.
The House gave approval Tuesday after rejecting a proposal to let voters decide the issue in November.
Four other states allow gay marriage, three of them also in the northeastern United States. They are Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa.
Maine would become only the second state to allow gay marriage through an act of a legislature rather than a court.
Separately, the Washington, D.C. council gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The vote is considered the first step toward eventually allowing gay marriages to be performed in Washington. Congress, which has final say over the city's laws, will get 30 days to review the bill assuming Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter, signs it. If Congress takes no action, the bill will become law automatically. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have not signaled where they stand.
Gay marriage is not recognized by federal law.


Updated : 2021-05-12 20:50 GMT+08:00