START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Breaking: Maryland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Breaking: Maryland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Success in Maryland! On March 1, the state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Maryland now joins seven other states that, along with the District, have approved gay marriage.

A crowd of supporters descended on Annapolis for a scheduled 5 p.m. ceremony at the State House and erupted into sustained applause after O’Malley signed the bill.

The Maryland Senate gave its seal of approval last year, but it was only two weeks ago that the Maryland House narrowly approved the marriage equality bill.

From The Washington Post:

With dozens of advocates lined up behind him and with hundreds of onlookers cheering, O’Malley signed the bill in the marble-lined main hall of the State House in Annapolis.

In one of the grandest stagings for any bill signing in recent memory, O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D- Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) sat at a table erected at the bottom of a marble staircase leading to the second floor of the State House and O’Malley’s office.

Behind O’Malley was Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and First Lady Katie O’Malley who had also advocated forcefully for the bill.

January 1, 2013 is the first date that gay nuptials can take place in the state of Maryland.

Congratulations to all who have fought hard for this victory!

Related Stories

Breaking: Maryland House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Maryland Senate Approves Gay Marriage

Breaking: Washington State Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

 

Read more: , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Third Way

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

89 comments

+ add your own
12:47AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

finally some common sense

11:28AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Awesome! I wish we here in NC were all as sensible and as nice.

9:20AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Excellent.

6:51AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Kudos to Governor O'Malley--congratualations Maryland!!!

3:31AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Good news!

@ Akmal P You say the number of gays and lesbians is small. Are you implying that minorities only count if they are large minorities?

2:52AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

@ Stella b:

You don't live here, we do. The supreme court of India wants the Indian Govt to provide rights to the gays and lesbs, but there are no takers in the first place. Why? This percentage is infinitely small. We don't glorify this perversion like you do.

The sex ratio in India is almost 1 unlike your countries (where women are in excess) and with the increasing number of gays, they cannot find marriageable men any more. Quite a bad scenario. You need correction, not us.

11:59PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Akmal, you sound like you're living in the dark ages but then again, you're living in India - I repeat myself!
You are misinformed about your own country. Because of a lack of women, due to the backward mentality that makes them less "valuable" than men, homosexuality in Asia in general is RAMPANT. It's all underground, so to speak, because the repercussions are so deadly that they don't want to be exposed. Millions of gay people living in the closet.
Get that Akmal! Don't drop the soap in the shower LOL

11:51PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

It is fun to watch majority of you ridiculing those against the same-sex marriages. If not religious, be logical. How can you think, same-sex relationships as natural at all? Perverts to the core. In Asia, a vast majority does not think this way and they are right. Spread of this disease could wipe out populations from continents: both Europe and America. We are wondering how you reached this stage of perversion. How can you guys be happy about this?

10:08PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Great news!

4:09PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thank you Maryland and Governor Martin O’Malley for providing an example for many others to follow.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

BLOODY HELL!! WHAT YEAR ARE WE LIVING IN?? Get rid of these traps,they should never have been invented…

Thanks for the article.... I do remember the case in the US...Court Cases, etc so the family could turn…

ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.