Last night Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote.  Prior to that time, only legislation or court decisions in other states had led to this result.  The results in Maine and Maryland also broke a 32-state streak, dating to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed by every state that voted on it. They will now become the seventh and eighth states to allow same-sex couples to marry.  In another gay-rights victory, Minnesota voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in the state. Similar measures were approved in 30 other states, most recently in North Carolina in May. The outcomes of the marriage votes could influence the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon consider whether to take up cases challenging the law that denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages.  The gay-rights victories come on the heels of numerous national polls that, for the first time, show a majority of Americans supporting same-sex marriage.

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