Governor John Baldacci has signed the same-sex marriage bill, which received final passing in the State Senate with a vote of 21-13. This marks the second instance in which a state legislature has afforded marriage rights to same-sex couples. This bill had to go back for a second round of votes after receiving several edits in the Senate proceedings. Additional clauses forbidding the practice of multiple marriages and polygamy among others were added to make it more palatable to conservative senators.


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