The Straits Times
Published on Nov 07, 2012

Three US states approve same-sex marriage


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US state of Maryland approved the legalisation of gay marriage on Tuesday, television networks forecast, while Maine and Washington also appeared set to back the socially divisive move.

With 93 per cent of votes counted in Maryland, 52 per cent backed same-sex marriage with 48 per cent against, according to CNN and NBC, while in Maine, CNN reported 54 per cent in favor and 46 against, with 54 per cent of votes counted.

Washington state also appeared set to approve the measure, with 52 per cent in favor and 48 per cent against, with 50 per cent of votes counted, according to CNN.

Same-sex marriage is not federally recognised, but before Tuesday it was already legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia.