Maine governor quickly signs bill that recognizes gay marriage

Maine governor signs bill allowing gay marriage

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s governor has signed a bill making the state the fifth to allow gay marriage.

Gov. John Baldacci signed the legislation shortly after the Maine legislature passed it Wednesday.

New Hampshire legislators are also poised to send a gay marriage bill to their governor. He has not indicated whether he’ll sign it.

If gay marriage becomes law in New Hampshire, Rhode Island would be the sole holdout in New England.

Iowa is the only state outside the region to allow the practice. California briefly allowed it before voters banned it.

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