Same-Sex Couples Married During Early Morning Ceremonies In Bangor
â€œI had more anticipation counting down to today then I would on New Yearâ€™s Eve. Today is a larger for all of us,â€ said Makayla Reid, who worked for the EqualityMaine campaign.It was one for the history books, as the first same-sex marriages ever took place in Maine.â€œThe law for same-sex marriage went into effect this morning, so to accommodate those people who wanted to get married today the city council had voted to open the offices,â€ said Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk.Folks gathered inside Bangor City Hall before the sun came up, patiently waiting for their turn to apply for a marriage license.Several notaries volunteered to marry couples on the spot, free of charge.â€œIâ€™m a longtime alli of the GLBT community and itâ€™s a privilege to be here this morning, I wouldnâ€™t have missed it for the world,â€ said Karen Foley, a notary public who officaited a cermony on Saturday.Being one of the first in Bangor to marry seemed a bit surreal for some.â€œUp until a few weeks ago, we never really seriously thought about it, because we didnâ€™t think it would be possible in our lifetime and each day since then, in the last few weeks, itâ€™s just been more and more exciting. We really appreciate, you know, thankful for the 53% of the population of Maine who said we coulddo this, even though it does seem kind of strange to wait for the public to approve what youâ€™ve wanted to do for the past 21 years,â€ said Jim Beckett, who married his partner of 21 years, Kenn Tidd.â€œI think the fact is, itâ€™s not going to be a note, itâ€™s just going to happen like every other couple. Thereâ€™s fanfare today because the change in the law is historic, but overtime, I would expect it to be the same as any other couple getting married regardless of orientation,â€ said Joe Baldacci, Bangor City Councilor, and notary public, who also officated a marriage on Saturday.