Portland City Hall has announced it will open at midnight on December 29 to inaugurate Maine's gay marriage law.

On November 6, Maine became the first state to legalize marriage equality at the ballot box. The win was especially poignant because voters in 2009 had repealed a marriage law approved by lawmakers.

Now the state's first gay weddings appear likely to take place in Portland, the state's largest city, the Press Herald reported.

On Saturday, December 29, the day the law is set to take effect, City Hall will open for three hours to issue marriage licenses and perform weddings. Maine does not have a waiting period.

“There was a lot of discussion about logistics, and the feedback from staff and others was that this would work,” city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg told the paper.

Ian Grady, communications director for EqualityMaine, called the development “very exciting.”

“I think the biggest part of the excitement is these people who have been waiting years and years who literally don't want to wait another second,” he said.

Augusta has also said it will open on December 29, but not at 12:01AM.

(Related: King County breaks marriage license record on first day of gay marriage law.)