Maine, Maryland Say ‘Yes’ to Gay Marriage
Marriage equality has been projected to pass in both Maine and Maryland making those two states the first ever in the U.S. to approve gay marriage at the ballot box.
“We can’t undervalue or underestimate what this does for the marriage equality movement as a whole,” said Executive Director of Marriage Equality U.S.A. Brian Silva.
As of 1:30 a.m. approval of gay marriage was leading in Maryland 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent and in Maine it was leading 53 percent to 47 percent.
“We have a president who supports marriage equality. We have a national party that supports marriage equality,” Silva said. “Its here. There’s no going back. It’s going to continue to move forward.”
Maine and Maryland now join Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia in legalizing gay marriage. But as noted above this is the first time gay marriage has been won at the ballot box. The other states either achieved it through court decisions or the legislature. Voters in 30 states have passed state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage.
“This was a watershed movement for the country,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. “This was an affirmation that America has sided with the cause of equality.”