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The Maine effect

Many gay and lesbian rights activists worried that the defeat in Maine last month, when voters rejected that state’s same-sex marriage law, would dampen their momentum.

After the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was legal in Massachusetts in 2004, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont have legalized same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, city councilors in the District of Columbia took initial steps needed to make gay marriage legal there.

But after Maine, many gay rights activists speculated that lawmakers around the country would be wary of supporting same-sex marriage legislation. While a CBS/New York Times poll show that support for gay marriage is growing, Maine served as a reminder that most Americans still oppose the idea. According to a recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 53 percent say they don't think it should be legal.

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