PORTLAND — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges emerged from City Hall early Saturday morning to ecstatic cheers from close to 300 people who gathered to celebrate Maine’s first same-sex weddings.
With 15 couples waiting for marriage licenses, Snell and Bridges became the first to exchange vows in the city clerk’s office, shortly after midnight.
When asked right after the ceremony whether they felt more married, Snell, who has been with Bridges for nine years, responded, “No, it’s just official.”
Of the 15 couples who obtained licenses early Saturday, six were soon married in City Hall ceremonies performed by city officials or notaries.
Portland was among a handful of cities and towns that planned to open their offices Saturday to issue marriage licenses and perform weddings for same-sex couples – seven weeks after Maine voters approved gay marriage.
On Nov. 6, Maine joined Maryland and Washington as the first states to approve same-sex marriage at the polls. Same-sex marriage is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.
My sister and I went to see my dad’s sister today. It’s really strange, how much she looks like my father — it’s almost like he was still here. Of course, Aunt A. is very, very Catholic and talked a lot about how she saw on TV (Fox News) the government is now pushing euthanasia, in addition to killing babies. As my sister and I were leaving, I said what I always say after seeing my aunt: “Well, I have to go have an abortion now.”
A father struggled with son’s student loans after he died.
A hero, standing up for her people:
Ontario, the three Prairie Provinces as well as large parts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories all sit on land that First Nations people signed over to Canada in exchange for a package of government guarantees. Treaty 9, the 1905/1906 treaty signed the people of Attawapiskat, for instance, guarantees that, in perpetuity, First Nations would receive “benefits that served to balance anything that they were giving.” The treaty also guaranteed total Aboriginal control over reserve lands. Idle No More organizers point to the disastrous state of Aboriginal health and living conditions on First Nations reserves and allege that these treaty rights are not being properly honoured — and that current attempts to amend the Indian Act will only erode existing Aboriginal rights. “Canada has not committed itself to addressing the colonial relationship it still has with indigenous peoples,” wrote Metis blogger Chelsea Vowel earlier this month. “I think it’s fair to say that most Canadians believe that kind of relationship no longer exists. We are trying to tell you that you are wrong.”