Maine is the first state to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Washington state is the first to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Voters a continent apart, making history on two divisive social issues.
The outcome in Maine broke a 32-state streak, dating to 1998, with gay marriage rebuffed by every state that voted on it.
Gay marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia — in each case the result of legislation or court orders, not by a vote of the people.
The marijuana measure in Washington sets up a showdown with the federal government.
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