When will same-sex couples be able to marry in Maine, Maryland & Washington?
November 09, 2012
Same-sex couples across the country are now counting down the days until they'll be able to marry. Here's a guide to when same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland, and Washington will finally be able to tie the knot:
MAINE: [UPDATED SINCE PUBLICATION] A majority of Mainers voted YES on Question 1, which proactively extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The start date for marriages will be Saturday, December 29, 2012. According to Maine state statute, same-sex couples in the state will be able to marry 30 days after the governor collects and tabulates the results and declares the results of the vote on the ballot measure, which he did on November 29.
MARYLAND: A majority of Marylanders voted FOR Question 6, which affirms the "Civil Marriage Protection Act," the law passed in March 2012. Same-sex couples in the state will be able to start marrying on January 1, 2013.
WASHINGTON: A majority of Washingtonians voted to APPROVE Referendum 74, which affirms the marriage law passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor in February 2012. Same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for marriage licenses beginning Thursday, December 6, 2012. Washington law, however, requires all couples to wait three days after applying for their marriage license before hosting their marriage ceremony, so the earliest that marriages between same-sex couples can be is Sunday, December 9. Check out this PDF for more info.
Freedom to Marry will keep you posted on all of the updates about marriage in Maine, Maryland, and Washington. Until then, we hope you're all celebrating this amazing victory this week!