Maine, DC Near Gay Marriage Approval
Maine has moved a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, the Maine House voted 89-to-57 to allow gay marriage in the state, following a similar vote by the state Senate last week. Both chambers will each hold one more vote on the bill before sending it to Democratic Governor John Baldacci. Baldacci has previously opposed gay marriage but isn’t expected to issue a veto. Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, the city council has again voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, following a similar vote last month. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to sign the measure, setting up a likely showdown with Congress, which approves DC’s laws under Home Rule.