By NBC News wire services
PORTLAND, Maine – Gay and lesbian couples exchanged their vows early Saturday as Maine’s new same-sex marriage law took effect a minute after midnight.
Among them were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who held a commitment ceremony six years ago but wanted to make their marriage official under state law.
"It’s historic. We’ve waited our entire lives for this," said Bridges, a retail manager, who’s been in a relationship with the Snell, a massage therapist, for nine years. Bridges, 42, and Snell, 53, wore lavender and purple carnations on black T-shirts with the words "Love is love."