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Maine votes to legalize same-sex marriage

PORTLAND, MAINE — Maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage today in a reversal of a vote in 2009, when same-sex marriage was defeated.

With 65 percent of precincts reporting at 1:47 a.m., 54 percent had voted to approve the measure, 46 percent against it. Maine now joins six other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in allowing lesbians and gays to marry. News of the vote was met with jubilant cries at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where hundreds of supporters of the ballot initiative gathered to await the results.

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