ETA: Governor Baldacci has signed the bill, making Maine the fifth state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. We are incredibly heartened by this step forward.
The Maine State House has approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in that state by a vote of 89-58. The State Senate passed the same bill last week, 20-15. The bill has to be approved in both houses of the legislature once more before going to Governor John Baldacci, a Democrat.
According to the Associated Press, 47.3% of Maine residents support the same-sex marriage bill and 49.5 oppose it. Governor Baldacci has not indicated yet whether he will sign it, if it passes the legislature again.
Maine has joined New York and New Hampshire in potentially legalizing same-sex marriage. Four states – Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa – currently permit same-sex marriage.