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Senator Susan Collins Probably Won't Be the Next Republican to Evolve on Marriage Equality


Amid speculation that Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) might be evolving like Rob Portman and Mark Kirk on marriage equality, the HuffPost made an inquiry. Nope:

"My view is the same that it's always been," Collins told The Huffington Post. "I think this is a matter of state law."

Collins, a moderate Republican up for reelection in 2014, said states have traditionally handled family law and should continue to do so. She noted that she voted twice, in 2004 and in 2006, against federal constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage because, "I believe it should be left up to the states."

She declined to elaborate on her own personal views about gay marriage, instead reiterating that the matter should be left up to states to decide.

Model Dogs: VIDEO


The NYT follows artist William Wegman and his adorable Weimaraners to Maine.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Crowd Goes Wild Over Maine's First Gay Married Couple: VIDEOS


Steven Bridges and Michael Snell became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Maine last night, and they were greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters who broke into "All You Need Is Love."

Check out video of their singing, as well as video interviews with freshly married Maine couples and the local ABC affiliate's report from this morning AFTER THE JUMP.

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Maine Is Now The Eighth State Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal


Congratulations to Michael Snell and husband Steven Bridges, the first same-sex couple to marry after marriage equality became legal in Maine after midnight.

From Bangor Daily News:

The first gay couple to be married in the state of Maine took their vows in a short ceremony in the Portland city clerk’s office at approximately 12:25 a.m.

"We finally feel equal and happy to live in Maine," said Steven Bridges, who married Michael Snell less than a half-hour after same sex marriages became legal in the state.

The hand-holding grooms sported purple carnation corsages, matching T-shirts printed with the phrase "love is love," and grins so big they hardly seemed to fit on their faces.

Snell and Bridges, both of Portland, have been together for nine years and had a commitment ceremony six years ago, but late Friday night, they were more than ready to make their love legal. The couple was the first in line to be married beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday in one of the state’s first legal same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Snell, Bridges and all the other couples are just more proof that 2012 was a watershed year for the equality movement, and provide hope that 2013 will be just as bright.

[Image via Gregory Rec at the Portland Press Herald]

George Will: 'The Opposition To Gay Marriage Is Dying': VIDEO


More polls are showing popular opinion shifting toward marriage equality. Public Policy Polling found majorities in Oregon (54%) and New Jersey (53%) and a near majority in Illinois (47%) support extending marriage to same-sex couples. In Illinois, 58% of people under 45 years old say yes to gay weddings. Meanwhile, Politico found 40% of Americans support letting gays and lesbians marry. Again, young people are leading the way.

From today's Politico survey: "A full 63 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds backed marriage...It dropped off to 36 percent support among both 30-to-44-year-olds and 45-to-59-year-olds. Only three in 10 seniors supported gay marriage."

Asked about such numbers and the Supreme Court's decision to hear two cases on marriage equality, journalist George Will broke it down like this: all the seniors brought up pre-gay rights are kicking the bucket.

"There is something like an emerging consensus," he said on ABC News' This Week. "Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people."

Watch video of Will summing it up AFTER THE JUMP.

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Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Washington State


It's a big wedding day for Washington State, where at 12:04 am Sarah and Emily Cofer became the state's first same-sex couple to be officially, legally tie the knot. Jesse Page and Brendan Taga soon followed at the King County Court House. Presiding Judge Mary Yu said she had seven such weddings scheduled between midnight and 7:30am.

"This is what courts are supposed to do, respond to the needs of our community," she told USA Today. Bailiff Takao Yamada added, "We'll sleep later."

The other two states that legalized marriage equality during November's election, Maine and Maryland, will allow same-sex couples to marry on December 29th and January 1, respectively. 


[Images via Seattle PI]


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