Gay Marriage 

AP- A bill to legalize gay marriage has won all-but-final approval in the Maine Senate.The measure now moves to the House of Representatives forconsideration next week.In initial voting after extended and emotional debate Thursday, the Senate voted 20-15 to give its preliminary approval.Next, an amendment to require a statewide referendum on thematter was rejected, 22-13.Then the Senate registered its support for the original measureagain, this time by 21-14.Gay marriage supporters were elated. But one organizer, Maggie Ricker of Chelsea, echoed a number of lawmakers in saying she expects opponents of same-sex marriage to use a petition drive to force a people’s veto referendum even if the bill wins enactment.