NEW YORK - Maryland voters on Tuesday approved same-sex marriage, the governor said, and a similar measure in Maine appeared on track to pass as well - marking the first time marriage rights have been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.
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In Maryland, the measure passed 52 to 48 percent, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In Maine, the question of whether to permit gay marriage was leading by 8 percentage points, 54 percent to 46 percent, with more than 50 percent of precincts reporting.
"Over these past few weeks, Marylanders joined together to affirm that for a free and diverse people of many faiths - a people committed to religious freedom - the way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights and human dignity of all," Governor Martin O'Malley said in a statement.
The results of two other ballot questions on gay marriage -- one in Minnesota and in Washington state -- were not yet conclusive.