FREEPORT, MaineNEWS CENTER)-- A Maine magazine has awarded a wedding valued up to $100,000 to a same-sex couple for itsthird annual wedding contest.
Real Maine Weddings says Jenna Eagleton and Caroline Currie of Portland were chosen from among three finalist couples. The announcement was made Sunday at the Maine Wedding Association Bridal Show in Freeport.
"It makes a statement. It really shows that yes, this is OK. This is right. And this is the way things are," said Currie.
Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Maine since late December after voters approved a gay marriage referendum in November.
The magazine says couples enter the giveaway by submitting a video to the magazine's website saying why they deserve a free dream wedding. The winning couple must pull in the most public votes, and win over the vendors for the wedding.
Real Maine Weddings' Editor, Melanie Brooks, told NEWS CENTEREagleton and Curriewill be the first gay wedding featured in the magazine.
"I hope that this shows that couples of all ages, of all backgrounds, and now they can be a same sex couple. Really the sky's the limit. Anybody can win this contest," said Brooks.
Eagleton and Currie plan to get married in October in Kennebunkport. Their prize includes the reception, a wedding dress, tuxedos, rings, flowers, and limousine service. The two were postponing a wedding on their own because of finances, but this all expenses paid wedding will happen in time for Caroline's father, who is sick with Leukemia, to walk his daughter down the aisle.
"Love is love. I mean, that's it," said Eagleton.