Posted Nov 07, 2012 12:29 pm CST
Voters in Maine and Maryland have approved same-sex marriage, the first time that such measures have succeeded through a ballot initiative.
The states join six others and Washington, D.C., that allow same-sex marriage as a result of court decisions or legislative action, report the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
In Minnesota, supporters of gay marriage gained an apparent victory when voters rejected a state constitutional amendment limiting marriages to unions between a man and a woman, report the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing an Associated Press projection. The state already bans same-sex marriage, but conservative supporters had hoped the constitutional amendment would prevent a change in the law. A group that supported the amendment, Minnesota for Marriage, is awaiting the final election returns and has not conceded defeat.