As we reported earlier, both the Maine Senate and House approved a bill that would grant marriage equality to all Maine citizens. The bill went before Gov. John E. Baldacci [pictured, right] today... and he signed the bill into law!
This makes Maine now the fifth state to allow marriage equality!
While many were not sure how to predict the outcome of the Governor's decision today, on his website Baldacci tells the people of Maine today,“...my responsibility is to uphold the Constitution and do, as best as possible, what is right. I believe that signing this legislation is the right thing to do.”
He added, “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”
Maine joins Vermont in being the second state that has approved marriage equality through the state legislative process.
A warm congratulations to all of our members and allies today in Maine!