“I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage,” said Baldacci, a Democrat.
With this statement, Gov. John Baldacci signed the marriage bill into law less than an hour after the state legislature passed it. It was previously unknown whether he would sign even if it went through. This makes at total of four states where same-sex marriage is currently the law, with Vermont’s version going into effect this September.
California’s marriage law is still being considered by that state’s Supreme Court, while New York’s governor Patterson has introduced same-sex marriage legislation there (New York currently recognizes such marriages legally performed in other states).
It is safe to say that no one could predict such change in the few short months since Proposition 8.
Extra: Timothy Kincaid of BTB explains some of the trouble that may be ahead for this law.