Maine voters made history Tuesday by being the first in the country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, leading gay-rights activists to call it an important step forward. "Supporters from Portland to Presque Isle thought that truth and love are more powerful than fear and deception," said Matt McTighe, campaign manager of Mainers United for Marriage, in a victory speech.
Maine voters also elected Independent former governor Angus King to replace retiring U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. King is a strong supporter of the LGBT community and supported marriage equality as governor.