Quick hit: Maine Senate passes same-sex marriage bill
In the words of our co-editor emeritus, Chloe Angyal, the storm is coming, and I am elated. Today, the Maine Senate voted 20-15 in favor of a marriage equality bill; the bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where the measure seems to have even stronger support. The Senate also vetoed an amendment to the bill that would put the question before the voters.
According to most polls, Maine voters are fairly evenly split on the marriage equality question. The state currently provides limited benefits to same-sex partners through a domestic partnership registry, but this bill is just one part of a surge for equal marriage across the northeast (and Iowa) - New Jersey may be the next to go from civil unions to full marriage rights. But New England is way ahead of the curve here - if Maine grants marriage equality, the only remaining New England states without equal marriage laws will be New Hampshire, where marriage equality is making giant steps in its legislature, and Rhode Island, where the issue is expected to be taken up sometime this year.
This is fantastic news. Let's hope this trend starts sweeping south, and across the country - this has been another great week for supporters of equal marriage.