Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Maine, but Ruling will Still Have an Impact
PORTLAND, Maine - Another day, another huge decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states, including Maine, and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
Here in Maine, a crowd of marriage equality supporters celebrated early this afternoon in Bangor.
"When the verdict came out there was screaming and yelling and happiness and tears," says Elise Johansen, the executive director of the group Equality Maine. "And it was the best possible verdict, and it was the right verdict, because that is what the U.S. Constitution does - it protects the rights of all Americans, and we're Americans!"
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Maine since 2012, when voters approved a bill for legalization. So what will this news mean for our state?