The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. LD 1020 was approved late this morning by a vote of 20 to 15. But more votes on the measure are expected in the Senate this afternoon, specifically on an amendment that would allow the measure to go out to referendum, a strategy Governor John Baldacci says he favors. http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/104915.htmlMaine Senate backs gay marriage on first vote
By The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gay marriage legislation in Maine has moved to the full Legislature. And in initial voting, supporters have won the opening tally.
After extended and emotional debate Thursday, the state Senate voted 20-15 to give its preliminary approval.
Immediately, however, one of the senators who voted No — Republican David Hastings of Fryeburg — introduced an amendment from the floor that would send the issue directly out to statewide voters in November.
That move prompted Democratic Majority Leader Philip Bartlett of Gorham to request a recess.
The House of Representatives has already adjourned until next Tuesday, so the bill can't come up for preliminary consideration there until then.