The definition of marriage in the state of Maine is now the following: Remember the old saying, "As goes Maine, so goes the Nation. Justices say states can continue to prosecute for same crime as federal government. LGBT rights in Maine. Neither performed nor recognized in American Samoa or some tribal jurisdictions Theoretical: She prompted Vermont to create civil unions inwon the case that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and last year persuaded a federal appeals court that the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to gay couples, is unconstitutional. In Maine, a referendum that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry was voted down.
Of the five others to have allowed same-sex marriage, four are in New England.
Eventually the matter will be solved in the best way, persuasion not coercion. One, Inc. A vote in favour would have been the first time same-sex marriage had been approved at the ballot.
Virginiawhich struck down state laws banning interracial marriage.