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First same-sex couple says 'I do' in Maine

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  • Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect Saturday at midnight.
  • Steven Bridges and Michael Snell of Portland became the first same-sex couple to tie the knot.

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First same-sex couple says 'I do' in Maine

Cheers erupted and a symphony of the Beatles' "All You Need is Love" broke out as Steven Bridges and Michael Snell left City Hall of Portland, Maine. The pair wore matching "Love is Love" shirts as they became the first couple to exchange vows Saturday. They’ve been dating for nine years and made it official with their December 29th ceremony.  "We finally feel equal and happy to live in Maine," Bridges said.

Affiliate WCSH reports, the pair decided just decided on Christmas to get married on Saturday. Snell's two daughters, Carolyn and Katie, were the only two that knew about the ceremony-- serving as witnesses at the event. "It's very surreal still. We didn't expect all the cameras and everything tonight," Snell said with a laugh. "It's official now!"

In November, voters in Maine voted in favor of same-sex marriage and made history in the process -- making them the first state to pass a same-sex marriage measure through popular vote. Washington state and Maryland followed in the footsteps of Maine, also giving couples the right to wed. Six other states have legalized same-sex marriage.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is a 1996 law that classifies marriage as strictly between a man and woman. Currently, same-sex couples that are legally married in their own states are not able to receive federal benefits. The court will also hear a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved referendum that repealed same-sex marriage in the state.

 

 

 

 

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