(PORTLAND, Maine) -- Same-sex couples in Maine are heading to city halls across the state on Saturday to say "I do" on the first day the state's new gay marriage law goes into effect.
At the clerk's office in Portland, five couples got married on the spot at a special midnight celebration.
Beth Allen with Equality Maine said, “There are some couples that have been waiting not just months and years, but decades to be able to get their license, to get married and to have their relationship recognized here in Maine.”
Maine voters approved gay marriage in November. Washington state and Maryland also approved gay marriage in this past election.
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