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!
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