Maine, Maryland Approve Gay Marriage
Minnesota rejects ban; Washington state too close to call
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2012 11:22 PM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Opponents of the gay marriage amendment on the Minnesota ballot, celebrate as early returns showed the amendment failing.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – Maine and Maryland have made history by becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, the AP reports. Minnesota voters turned down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, although state law still forbids gays and lesbians from marrying, the New York Times reports. Washington state is also holding a vote on legalizing gay marriage, with results expected later this week. Nonetheless, supporters there are excited over pre-election polls in their favor.

"Seattleites do not use their horns—ever—but today they’re honking," said a woman holding a sign at an overpass. "It’s making me giddy." In Maryland, supporters celebrated by dancing and cheering the night away: "I’m so elated right now,” said a Maryland woman. "This is the civil rights issue of our time, and we have succeeded in Maryland." Before this election, gay marriage had been rejected in all 32 states that voted on the issue, though it was legalized in six states by lawmakers or through the courts.

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Nov 7, 2012 9:27 PM CST
Good job Maryland, Maine.
Nov 7, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Why do they always show unattractive gay people in Newser photos? The majority of lesbian women I know are very attractive.
Nov 7, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Watch the future as more and more states legalize same-sex marriage, Pot, and someday maybe even Prostitution. Gee, you can really see the lines where in truth, culturally there are almost two different USA's...... And it is only going to continue to change as time goes on... *Smiles* It is all very amusing to watch.