The Maine Senate passed the marriage equality bill by a vote of 20-15. It then defeated an amendment to send the issue directly to the voters as a referendum by a vote of 13-22.
The bill will move to the house for a vote next Tuesday, where it's expected to pass without amendment.
Before today's proceedings, no one knew for sure how the vote would turn out in the Senate, though. Even after the Senate voted to pass the measure, no one was sure how the vote on the amendment would pan out. After the amendment failed, the Senate voted again and the bill passed 21-14.
Today's outcome was the biggest first step toward marriage equality in Maine.
The governor hasn't stated whether he will sign or veto the bill or let it become law without his signature. I guess I'm going to have to invite him and his wife down the road to our house for a gourmet dinner and talk about love, commitment, and civil rights.
The way to a man's heart is always through his stomach.