The Scene On The First Night Of Gay Marriage In Maine

At 12 a.m. on Saturday, December 29th same-sex marriage became legal in the state.

Supporters gathered outside Portland’s City Hall.

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Where couples described their partners before going in.

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There was a feeling of pride.

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The boutonnieres were lined up for all the couples getting married that morning.

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Couples patiently waited to get married just as they have done for so many years.

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The emotion was building.

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Steven and Jamous chatted in line.

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And even snapped photos as they waited.

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Steve and Michael waited with excitement and anticipation outside the City Clerk’s office.

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Where they had to fill out the paperwork before exchanging vows.

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Steven and Michael finally exchanged rings.

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And became the first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Maine.

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As the couples left City Hall, they were greeted by a swelling crowd of friends and family…

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…Signs of support…

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…And sounds of love.


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