PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland City Hall is not only going to open on the Saturday that Maine's same-sex marriage law goes into effect, it's going to open at 12:01 a.m. for those eager to get married as soon as legally possible.
City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the decision was made Thursday following a discussion about logistics and feedback from staff. Ian Grady, communications director for EqualityMaine, said people who have been waiting years "literally don't want to wait another second."
Augusta is another city that's keeping Saturday hours, but it will open later on the morning of Dec. 29.
Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved laws Nov. 6 legalizing same-sex marriage.
There's no waiting period in Maine, so people can tie the knot once the marriage license is received.