BREAKING: Maine Senate Gives ‘Final OK’ to Marriage Equality, Gov Has 10 Days to Sign

Despite Maine Sen. Debra Plowman anti-gay arguments on the floor this morning, Maine’s Senate has approved same-sex marriage legislation in a 21-13 vote, which is not enough votes to override a veto from Gov. John Baldacci, who hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it or not. He has 10 days to sign the bill; if the deadline is missed the bill will hit a “pocket veto,” which has the same effect of him stamping it “no.” Even if he does sign the bill — and becomes the first governor to sign same-sex marriage legislation that wasn’t forced by a court decision — most are expecting the issue to meet a a statewide ballot initiative, with voters deciding in November. That is, of course, what Baldacci has hinted he wants anyhow: a statewide vote.