Two states pass first ballot initiatives approving same-sex marriage

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(CNN) — Ballot measures approving same-sex marriage were approved Tuesday by voters in some states, signaling a historical social shift by popular vote.

Maine and Maryland became the first two states to pass ballot initiatives approving of same-sex marriage.

Voters in Maine approved for the first time in history a measure that gives the right to same-sex couples to marry, while in Maryland voters also made history by upholding a new law allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, according to CNN projections.

The result of a vote on the same issue is still pending in Washington, as is a measure that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.