Maryland Governor Open to Recognizing Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

The Washington Post
July 6, 2009
During a radio show this morning, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) suggested he was open to honoring marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states -- something he hasn't said publicly before -- with several caveats. "If a person has those rights under another state. ... I think we probably should respect those rights," O'Malley said during an appearance on WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor." O'Malley, however, also made clear that his preference remains legalizing civil unions -- and not freedom to marry -- in Maryland, and his aides labored to describe the evolving legal, legislative and political contexts in which his remarks were made. [Link]