State No. 5?

BREAKING: Maine Senate OKs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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After making it through committee, the full State Senate voted. The numbers? 20 to 15 in favor. Now it’s time to see whether the Assembly can muster the same energy, and then whether Gov. John Baldacci will make good on his hinting that he’ll sign the bill. If all that happens, Maine will become the fifth state to legalize gay marriage (not counting California), with Vermont’s change coming in September.

WCSH: “Debate on the bill began Thursday morning, and was completed just before noon. The votes were 20 to 15 in favor of passing the bill. The senate is also discussing adding an amendment to the bill to put it out to vote. “

AP: “Immediately, however, one of the senators who voted No – Republican David Hastings of Fryeburg – introduced an amendment from the floor that would send the issue directly out to statewide voters in November. That move prompted Democratic Majority Leader Philip Bartlett of Gorham to request a recess. The House of Representatives has already adjourned until next Tuesday, so the bill can’t come up for preliminary consideration there until then.”