The equal marriage bill has passed the Senate on a 20-15 vote. The vote was along party lines, except for Republican Chris Rector voting in favor and Democrat Troy Jackson voting against the bill.
This is a major hurdle cleared for equal marriage. L.D. 1020 will now have one more procedural vote in the Senate and then go to the House, where there is a much larger pro-equality majority and then to the Governor's desk for his signature.
If Governor Baldacci chooses not to veto the bill, opponents will have 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature to gather 55,087 signatures in order to prevent the bill from becoming law and to force a "people's veto" referendum.
Update: The amendment to put the bill to an automatic referendum was defeated 22-13 and the final vote on the engrossed bill was 21-14, with Republican Peter Mills switching to vote with the majority. Here's the full list.
Democratic Representative and District 35 Senate candidate Troy Jackson is the subject of a negative ad that accuses him of sleeping on the job and includes a photo of him napping in the legislative chamber. WAGM reported on his response:
While WAGM reports that the ad was a "mail brochure," PolitickerME reports that it appeared in a newspaper, and has much more on the subject.
Here's the photo: