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By DAVID SHARP
Posted: Dec. 28th, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Chris Kast and Byron Bartlett already consider themselves married after a 2010 ceremony overlooking Portland Harbor, but now they’re doing it all over again — planning to be among the first to get a marriage license now that Maine’s same-sex marriage law has taken effect.
Portland City Hall opened at midnight to issue the first marriage licenses under the new law. There were free carnation boutonnieres, and a jazz trio played.
Voters approved gay marriage in November, making Maine and two other states the first to do so by popular vote. The law is already in effect in Washington state; Maryland’s takes effect on Tuesday, the first day of 2013.
Gay marriage was already legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia, but those laws were either enacted by lawmakers or through court rulings.
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