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!

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89 comments

Xil L.
Xil L4 years ago

finally some common sense

Ruby W.
Ruby W4 years ago

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

Glenda L.
Glenda L4 years ago

Excellent.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

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

Grainne O'Carroll
Grainne OCarroll4 years ago

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?

Akmal Pasha
Akmal Pasha4 years ago

@ 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.

stella bleu
stella bleu4 years ago

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

Akmal Pasha
Akmal Pasha4 years ago

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?

William K.
William K4 years ago

Great news!

Anastasia J.
Annie J4 years ago

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