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Same-Sex Marriage Scores First U.S. Ballot Box Victories

Gay marriage won approval from voters in Maine and Maryland and was leading in Washington, marking the first time same-sex unions were approved at the ballot box in the U.S.

The votes, tallied by the Associated Press, illustrate shifting attitudes over extending full legal recognition to homosexual relationships, which remains politically divisive even as it gains broader public support. The election put an end to more than a decade of defeat for same-sex marriage ballot measures, which had been rejected by voters in every state where they appeared.