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Gay Couples in Maine Look Ahead to Marriage
11/07/2012 02:04 PM ET  

Sarah Dowling of Freeport is dusting off a wedding dress hanging in her closet with plans to marry her partner of 18 years in a church wedding next spring.

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) _ Gay and lesbian couples around Maine are beginning to think about when and where they'll be exchanging vows, now that voters have approved same-sex marriage.

If Tuesday's gay marriage referendum had failed, Sarah Dowling of Freeport planned to burn the wedding dress that's been hanging in her closet. Instead, she's dusting it off with plans to marry her partner of 18 years in a church wedding next spring.

Other couples around the state are also looking ahead to the day when gay marriage becomes legal.

The effective date of the law will be set after the vote is officially certified and the governor signs a proclamation. The secretary of state's office says it'll be no later than Jan. 5.



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