Maine Sees First Gay Marriages

Couples wed as new law takes effect

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 29, 2012 10:12 AM CST

(Newser) – Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage, and a friend to officiate. They were among the first gay couples to exchange wedding vows early this morning after Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight. "We're paving the way for people to go after us," said Gorney after their ceremony in front of City Hall in Portland. "It's freeing. It's what's right."

Steven Bridges and Michael Snell were the first in line, and they received cheers from more than 200 people waiting outside after they wed in the clerk's office. Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state approved gay marriage in November, making them the first states to do so by popular vote. Gay marriage already was legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia, but those laws were either enacted by lawmakers or through court rulings.

Katy Jayne, left, gets a kiss from Lauren Snead after they obtained their marriage license in Portland, Maine.
Katy Jayne, left, gets a kiss from Lauren Snead after they obtained their marriage license in Portland, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A crowd cheers at 12:30 a.m. Saturday as the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Maine departs City Hall in Portland, Maine.
A crowd cheers at 12:30 a.m. Saturday as the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Maine departs City Hall in Portland, Maine.   (Robert F. Bukaty)
Steven Bridges, left, receives a wedding ring from Michael Snell, early Saturday at City Hall in Portland, Maine.
Steven Bridges, left, receives a wedding ring from Michael Snell, early Saturday at City Hall in Portland, Maine.   (Robert F. Bukaty)
Steven Jones, left, and Jamous Lizotte wear laurel wreaths as they arrive at City Hall to obtain a marriage license in Portland, Maine.
Steven Jones, left, and Jamous Lizotte wear laurel wreaths as they arrive at City Hall to obtain a marriage license in Portland, Maine.   (Robert F. Bukaty)
Lucie Bauer, left, and Annie Kiermaier, of Rockport, Maine, celebrate the imminent recognition of their marriage Friday in Portland, Maine. The couple was married in California in 2008.
Lucie Bauer, left, and Annie Kiermaier, of Rockport, Maine, celebrate the imminent recognition of their marriage Friday in Portland, Maine. The couple was married in California in 2008.   (Robert F. Bukaty)
Donna Galluzzo, left, and Lisa Gorney leave the City Clerk's office after obtaining their marriage license early Saturday in Portland, Maine.
Donna Galluzzo, left, and Lisa Gorney leave the City Clerk's office after obtaining their marriage license early Saturday in Portland, Maine.   (Robert F. Bukaty)
Jamous Lizotte, left, and Steven Jones pose with their marriage license at City Hall in Portland, Maine.
Jamous Lizotte, left, and Steven Jones pose with their marriage license at City Hall in Portland, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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