Maine joins Iowa (still can't get over that one), Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut in making same-sex marriage legal.
Here is Governor Baldacci's statement:
“I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.
“This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of church and state.
“It guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government."
That, my friends, sums up the arguement for same-sex marriage and puts to rest the meme that it will dictate to churches who they can marry.
And let us not forget that the District of Colombia has decided to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside its jurisdiction. The tide is turning.
It's a great time to be alive.