Congratulations, Mainers!

The same-sex marriage law that voters passed in November went into effect at midnight on December 29th. Maine joins Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia in enacting same-sex marriage laws; same-sex couples there may obtain marriage licences and get married.

To see what marriage equality looks like in the Pine Tree State, we found photos from the first legal marriage in Maine. The grooms were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell and they wed at about 12:25 AM on Saturday.

"It's historic. We've waited our entire lives for this," Bridges told the Associated Press.

See their journey to City Hall in Portland in the slideshow below.

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  • Steven Bridges, left, and Michael Snell, a couple for nine years, arrive at City Hall in Portland, Maine.

  • Snell and Bridges speak to a reporter before obtaining a marriage license under the state's new law. Bridges and Snell held a commitment ceremony six years ago.

  • Steven Bridges receives a wedding ring from Michael Snell early Saturday. "We finally feel equal and happy to live in Maine," <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2012/12/28/news/portland/maines-first-married-gay-couple-we-finally-feel-equal/">Bridges told the Bangor Daily News</a>.

  • Steven Bridges and Michael Snell right after making history as the first same-sex couple to be married in the state.

  • A crowd cheers at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, as the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Maine departs City Hall in Portland, Maine.

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