Maine Closer To Legalizing Gay Marriage 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – After a three-hour debate, the Maine House approved a same-sex marriage bill. The bill faces one more vote each in the House and Senate. Representatives voted 89-58 Tuesday afternoon in favor of the bill after rejecting an amendment that called for a November referendum. The bill was sent back to the Senate after the House vote. The proposal would make Maine the fifth state to allow gay marriage. But it’s unclear whether Gov. John Baldacci would sign the bill. Baldacci remains undecided. Four states now allow same-sex marriages: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa by court orders and Vermont through legislation. New Hampshire’s Legislature is actively considering a gay marriage bill.To watch WABI TV5’s special series on the Gay Marriage Debate click on the stories here.