Augusta and Gardiner will each open for three hours to issue marriage licenses Saturday, December 29. They are not normally open on weekends, but this is a special case. December 29 is the first day same-sex couples in Maine can get married.

 Yes, it’s a Saturday and yes the offices would normally be closed that day, but officials decided the city clerk's office in both cities will be open from 9 a.m. to noon for marriage licenses only. It is to accommodate the anticipated interest from couples who want to get married the first day the new law, allowing same-sex marriage, takes effect. For towns that don’t open for the first day, couples will have to wait until Monday, Dec. 31, to get marriage licenses. Either way, I bet there will a whole bunch of New Years Eve weddings this year.