Same-sex marriage bill headed to governor's desk

Posted May 06, 2009, at 10:21 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate gave its final approval to a gay marriage bill that is now headed to the desk of an undecided governor.

The Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the measure after a short debate.

The House of Representatives gave its approval on a 89-57 vote Tuesday. It remains unclear whether Gov. John Baldacci would sign it. The Democrat has been monitoring the legislative debate but remains undecided.

The proposal would make Maine the fifth state to allow gay marriage.

Four states now allow same-sex marriages. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa have been ordered by the courts to do so, and Connecticut later enacted a law codifying the court ruling. Vermont in April passed a gay marriage law over the governor’s objection.