Postedon Mar 10, 2010 at 08:44 pm
In response to an outpouring of opposition from the local Catholic Conference, as well as a big push from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Equality Maryland launched an ad last week with 100 signatures from clergy throughout the Free State who support marriage equality.
Postedon Mar 10, 2010 at 08:18 pm
Same-sex couples were first able to apply for licenses in the District last Wednesday but, like all couples, had to follow the city's three-day waiting period before getting hitched.
Rick Imirowicz and Terrance Heath, who were married Tuesday, were online Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the new law in the District and what it means to them and others in the GLBT community and the nation.
Postedon Mar 10, 2010 at 11:58 am
On Monday, March 8, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality Maryland, and the American Civil Liberties Union released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guide for same-sex couples in Maryland who married out of state.
Postedon Mar 07, 2010 at 01:30 pm
To celebrate the legalization of the freedom to marry in the District, I asked two local influential gay-rights advocates what the event meant to them and what needs to happen next to push forward the movement for full equality in our region.
The two were from very different generations, and I discovered that their histories illustrate how much gay people's position in American society has already changed.
Postedon Mar 05, 2010 at 02:43 pm
As same-sex couples lined up in Washington, D.C., for marriage applications on Wednesday, crowds gathered in Annapolis to hear testimony in front of a Senate committee to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The measure is considered a step toward recognizing the freedom to marry in Maryland.
Postedon Mar 05, 2010 at 11:26 am
A study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles predicts a financial windfall for Washington, D.C. as a result of the legalization of the freedom to marry.
Postedon Mar 01, 2010 at 01:16 pm
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler in video discussing his recent opinion on the state recognizing marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere.appeared on local FOX5 late last week to discuss his opinion that the state could recognize marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere.
Postedon Mar 01, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Though Maryland is the state with the nation's largest percentage of left-leaning voters, its lawmakers in Annapolis are more conservative than their counterparts in other deep-blue states.
Powerful Democrats in the legislature hold onto their jobs for decades by moving slowly, not setting trends.
Postedon Feb 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has provided an authoritative reading of what the law commands in concluding that marriages of gay couples performed in other jurisdictions may -- and should -- be recognized under Maryland law. In the process, he has produced a legal compass that should be followed to provide overdue equality for gay and lesbian couples in Maryland.
In pointing to the incremental extension of various protections to gay residents of Maryland as the basis for his opinion that a "public policy exception" would likely not be used by courts to block out-of-state marriages of gay couples, Gansler supports the theory that small LGBT gains on a variety of issues can contribute to larger gains like the freedom to marry.
Postedon Feb 26, 2010 at 01:08 pm
Just days before Washington, D.C.’s new marriage equality law is set to go into effect, Maryland's Attorney General, Douglas Gansler, issued a long-awaited opinion stating same-sex marriages validated in other jurisdictions “may be recognized” under Maryland state law.
Lisa Keen of Keen News Service reports that "Much of the reaction to Gansler’s memo seemed to presume there was an immediacy to his issuance, and it reflected both praise and promises of undoing."