In doing so, Maine becomes the fifth state to legalize gay marriage. From a press release sent out by the office of Maine Governor John Baldacci, following the signing of the gay marriage bill into law:
“This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of Church and State,” Governor Baldacci said.
“It guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government.”
Looks like New Hampshire could be next.