COMMENTARY: Marriage still overcoming past

Examiner
April 19, 2007
When Maryland's highest court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in December, James and Colette Roberts paid attention. These Marylanders, married in 1959, could not have done so in the Free State at that time because state law prohibited interracial marriages until 1967. [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban dies in MD, but so does trans rights bill

Washington Blade
March 30, 2007
Maryland lawmakers have killed an attempt to write discrimination against same-sex couples into the state constitution for the fourth consecutive year. But the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature failed to pass a measure to bar discrimination against the state's transgender residents and workers. [Link]

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Marriage ripe for decision in 2 courts

Stateline.org
March 1, 2007
All eyes now are on the highest courts in California, Connecticut and Maryland, where decisions on the constitutionality of marriage discrimination are likely this year. California and Connecticut are appeals that will test whether civil unions or domestic partnerships are legally inadequate substitutes for matrimony. [link]

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Maryland Marriage Equality Lawsuit

MD awaits marriage ruling
Washington Blade
December 8, 2006


Legal experts familiar with the Maryland marriage lawsuit said a strong argument was made for marriage equality, but judges offered few clues as to how they might rule in the high-profile case. "I think how the court rules will, in part, depend on the climate we create that enables the court to do the right thing," said Evan Wolfson. "The court does not operate in a vacuum."[Link]

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Former NAACP Head Speaks Out in Support of Marriage Equality

Washington Blade
January 23, 2006
"As someone who was raised to believe in traditional marriage, it does not mean others cannot have beliefs," Mfume said. "I recognize [civil union] laws don't cover all the benefits and all the rights that could and should be accrued to same-sex couples." [Link]

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