By News Staff
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's gay marriage law has taken effect, and some couples took advantage of it right away.
law went into effect Saturday a minute after midnight, and some cities
and towns held special hours to issue marriage licenses, with some
granted in the wee hours of the day.
Portland, the largest city in the state, opened at midnight to accommodate couples who didn't want to wait to get married.
Other communities including Bangor, Brunswick and Augusta were holding special Saturday hours.
approved gay marriage in November, making Maine and two other states
the first to do so by popular vote. The law already is in effect in
Washington state; Maryland's takes effect Tuesday.