Update: The implementation date for the "look back" has been extended from July 1, 2021…
On Tuesday November 3rd Maine voters repealed the state’s marriage equality law. The law was passed by the Maine legislature last spring and would have legalized same-sex marriage. However, the law was put on hold when it was followed by a petition drive to repeal it by voters in a referendum. On Election Day, a referendum was held and Maine voters rejected the law by 53 percent of the votes.
The outcome of a same-sex marriage law in New York is still unknown. Governor David Paterson put the issue on the Senate’s agenda and is asking Senators to vote on the issue. The gay-marriage legislation has already passed in the Assembly and is supported by Gov. Paterson. However, it is unclear whether or not there are enough votes to pass the bill and when such a vote will actually take place. While Paterson is pushing for a vote, legislators are currently negotiating and may put the issue on hold for an indeterminable amount of time.