Maryland, USA: Gay/Lesbian Couples Start to Receive Marriage Licenses

Written by scott on December 14th, 2012

Maryland Gay/Lesbian Couples Start to Receive Marriage LicensesDec. 6 marked yet another historic milestone in Maryland’s hard-fought journey for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Following Gov. Martin O’Malley’s certification of election results–a legal requirement that is executed 30 days after the election–in which same-sex marriage was upheld by 52 percent of the electorate through a referendum known as Question 6, 23 circuit courts throughout the state were able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Though marriages between same-sex couples cannot, by law, take effect until Jan. 1, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler issued an opinion that the clerks can provide the post-dated licenses beginning Dec. 6 following the governor’s certification.

Authored By Steve Charing – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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