Maine voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a reversal of a 2009 vote when same-sex marriage was defeated.
Maine now joins six other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in allowing lesbians and gays to marry. News of the vote was met with jubilant cries at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where hundreds of supporters of the ballot initiative gathered to await the results.
Before this election, no state had approved gay marriage through a popular vote. Three other states, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota, also had same-sex marriage questions on the ballot.