PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It has been one year since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Maine.

Since that day last December, The marriage equality movement has continued to make progress nationwide, with more states legalizing same-sex marriage, and the United States Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. But gay rights activists say the work is far from over.

"There's a lot of work left to do," said Ian Grady, spokesperson for Equality Maine. "Work to make sure kids feel safe in school the matter who they are, work to make sure that LGBT elders don't have to go back into the closet when they're going into assisted living centers, and work to make sure LGBT people in any town in Maine from Portland to Presque Isle feel safe and healthy living their lives authentically as the people they are."

There were more than 1500 same-sex weddings in Maine this year. That number only accounts for Mainers who were married in this state, it does not account for the people who traveled here from other states to get married, or for people who were already married in another state whose marriage became legal last December.

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