Same-sex marriage officially legal in Maine

1856209619_121228_maineSameSex_hmed_1011pphotoblog600_xlargeAt midnight Saturday, same-sex marriage officially became legal in the state of Maine. On Election Day, voters approved allowing same-sex couples to be issued marriage licenses by the state.

Maine joined two other states that night to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Several Maine communities are opening their town or city halls on Saturday.

The city of Portland opened at 12:01 a.m. and will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until 3:01 a.m. Falmouth also opened at 12:01 a.m. but it is by appointment only.

The city of South Portland will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The communities of Freeport, Augusta, Gardiner and Hallowell will all be open from 9 a.m. until noon.

The cost of a marriage license is $40. City clerks said couples looking to apply for a marriage license must bring valid photo identification and, if applicable, a certified copy of divorce decree.