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| Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Breaking News: Maine House approves gay marriage bill

The Maine House of Representatives today gave its initial approval to a bill allowing same-sex marriage.The vote of 89 in favor to 58 opposed sends the LD 1020 back to the Senate for its final approval. The House, in a 85 to 62 vote also rejected a try to send the matter to referendum.The proposal would make Maine the fifth state to allow gay marriage. But it's unclear whether Gov. John Baldacci would sign the bill. Baldacci remains undecided.

Four states now allow same-sex marriages: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa by court orders and Vermont through legislation. New Hampshire's Legislature is actively considering a gay marriage bill.

Breaking News: D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

Update: DC Marriage is live blogging the events on the ground via Twitter. "ministers threatening to remove council members...shouting outside chambers, cameras and interviews...so sad #dcmarriage via joeybahamas

Confused Barry Asks for Same-Sex Marriage Vote Back

WASHINGTON -- After the D.C. Council voted unanimously to recognize same-sex marriages Tuesday morning, Councilman Marion Barry asked for his vote back, according to Washington Post reporter Tim Craig.

Apparently Mayor for Life, an opponent of the legislation, voted yea without knowing what he was voting on, but he woke up in time to ask that the bill be reconsidered, and the debate that was expected is now under way, to the relief of all the council members who want their two cents on the matter on record.

Washington Post Reports:

Washington Post reporter Tim Craig relays that the D.C. Council has voted 13-0, without debate, to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

If Congress does not intervene, council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) has said that he will introduce a separate bill this year to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the District.

Testimony from Rep. Shirley Briggs: Has Gay Daughter, WILL NOT Vote For Gay Marriage

Maine's Rep David Burns: Gay Marriage Is About 'Selfish Needs'

Rep. Mike Thibodeau: 'This Is About a Social Agenda'

Rep. Sara Stevens: 'Today Is a Very Good Day to Make History'