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Gay couples begin booking weddings in Maine

1:19 PM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Gay couples are booking wedding dates in Maine for the warm weather ahead, but inns and wedding venues aren't expecting a deluge of new business like Massachusetts experienced when it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage nearly a decade ago.

Maine recorded about 150 gay marriages in the first two months of the law. In contrast, about 2,360 same-sex couples were married in Massachusetts the first month its gay-marriage law was in effect in 2004.

While Maine's law has given hotels, photographers, florists and others a boost, they're not anticipating an immediate bonanza and expect the gay marriage business to slowly grow in the years ahead.

The Camden Harbour Inn, for one, has booked three same-sex weddings for this year and two more for 2014.

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