Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Wednesday cheered passage of Question 6, which upholds a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.

The law will now take effect on January 1. Voters in Maine and Washington state also approved similar measures on Tuesday, while Minnesotans rejected a constitutional amendment which sought to limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

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“I'm so stoked,” Ayanbadejo, who had strongly backed the measure, told the Associated Press. “It's like I woke up and it was Christmas.”

O'Malley, who signed the bill into law, lauded the results in a series of tweets to his more than 31,800 followers: “Tonight, we made history. We voted for dignity. We voted for marriage equality.”

“By voting for marriage equality, the people of our State affirmed that we are One Maryland & we're all in this together.”

“A message to Maryland's kids: whether your parents happen to be gay or straight, your families are equal under the law,” he wrote.