PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wednesday marks one year since Maine became the first state in the nation to vote in same-sex marriage.
And advocates gathered to celebrate this afternoon.
Since, Maine, Washington and Maryland voted in favor of same sex marriage last year, 4 more states have legalized it, and Illinois is poised to be the 5th, with its vote in the legislature Tuesday.
Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who were the first same-sex couple to wed in Maine, say the biggest change in their lives has been the fame. People recognize them on the street.
Snell said, "In the beginning, it was a constant pointing at you and people coming up and we don't know you but we want to congratulate you." Bridges added, "And people coming to our table in restaurants, same thing. It's weekly now instead of daily."
According to Maine's Office of Vital Records, 7,405 couples have gotten married in Maine since same-sex marriage became legal on December 29th. Of those, 1,216 listed themselves as a same-sex couple.