One-thousand-five-hundred-and-thirty gay and lesbian couples married in Maine in 2013.

According to data from the Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics, gay couples made up 16 percent of the 9,524 marriages in Maine held in the year since a gay marriage law took effect on December 29, 2012. More female couples (970) than male couples (560) married.

On November 6, 2012, 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 The win was especially poignant because voters in 2009 had repealed a marriage law approved by lawmakers.

First to marry in Portland were Steve Bridges and Michael Snell.

About 300 people braved the cold to cheer the newlyweds as they exited City Hall after their midnight ceremony.

“It's been kind of surreal,” Bridges then told reporters. “We didn't expect all this attention.”

“It means that our relationship, our marriage, is equal to everybody else's,” Snell said.

While opponents vowed to return the issue to the ballot, no organized effort has yet to emerge.