Memo to Maryland: Honor out-of-state marriage licenses

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."

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Equality Maryland Circulates Petition in Support of Attorney General’s Opinion on Marriage

Maryland Attorney General, Doug Gansler, released an opinion Wednesday instructing state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

While this is a huge step forward for LGBT Marylanders and their families, the opposition is already digging in for a fight. A petition, "I Support MD Attorney General Gansler's Opinion on Out-of-State Marriage Recognition" is being circulated to show strong support for the A.G.'s Opinion.

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What’s Up in Maryland

Following yesterday's Opinion issued by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler on state recognition of same-sex marriages performed out of state, some are wondering what an A.G.'s opinion is in general and what this may or may not mean for the freedom to marry in Maryland.

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Equality Maryland announces Rally and Reception to Celebrate Attorney General’s opinion today

Join EQMD for a Rally Today at 6:30pm to Celebrate the Attorney General's Opinion on Out-of-State Marriages.

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Maryland Attorney General Calls for Honoring Out-of-State Marriages

Statement by Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, following the release of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s opinion today calling for recognition of out-of-state marriages.

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Maryland and the Freedom to Marry Spotlight

Last year, Maryland's Attorney General, Douglas Gansler, said that he would look into the issue of whether Maryland could recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. Maryland has a three-decades-old law that bans same-sex marriage in their state (that law was upheld in 2007 by a sharply divided State Supreme Court), but the question of recognizing out-of-state marriages falls beyond the purview of that 1970s relic.

Now the issue is getting an intense level of scrutiny. Unless hell or high water or right-wing fundamentalists take over, neighboring Washington, D.C. is set to start recognizing same-sex marriages, making the seat of the federal government a world-class destination for same-sex weddings. Will neighboring Maryland, just a fifteen minute ride on the Metro Red Line, recognize those marriages too? Or will the gay couple in Silver Spring start their train ride not married, then be married as they hit Union Station and Metro Center, then all of a sudden not be married once they reach Shady Grove?

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Equality Maryland: Lobby Day Re-Scheduled to Monday, February 22nd

Equality Maryland
February 7, 2010

Due to the record-breaking snowfall, there are concerns about the safety of supporters and possible parking and accessibility challenges. Therefore Equality Maryland lobby day has been rer-scheduled for Monday, February 22nd. All other details remain the same as in our original post. [Link]

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Delay of Maryland Attorney General Criticized in Marriage Ruling

The Baltimore Sun
January 29, 2010

Maryland Republicans criticized the state's attorney general Thursday for "playing politics" with the requested opinion on whether or not Maryland will recognize the marriage certificates of gay and lesbian couples married in other states. [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Advocates in Maryland Thinking Long-Term

The Baltimore Sun
January 28, 2010

Maryland advocates for the freedom to marry don't anticipate big victories in the State House this year, despite the recent adoption of more permissive laws in DC, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Instead, proponents of marriage equality are thinking long-term, launching a fundraising and lobbying effort to target state legislators who are opposed to the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Maryland: Calling All Supporters of Equality!

Equality Maryland
January 25, 2010

Maryland remains one of a handful of states that has the opportunity to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples in the near future. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will be re-introduced this session. Lawmakers won’t support the bill unless they are asked, and the best people to ask are the voters who live in their district – that would be you! [Link]
Equality Maryland Lobby Day
Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

4:30 - 8:00 pm

Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis
Click here for details

Get involved and learn about Freedom to Marry Week here, and let us know about events planned in your area!

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