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Miller underwhelmed by Gansler's gay marriage opinion

Mike Miller mug.jpgSenate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., one of Maryland's most powerful politicians, offered this assessment Thursday of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's opinion that Maryland should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere: "ho-hum."

"The response to the attorney general's opinion for the most part has been 'ho-hum,' from both sides of the aisle," said Miller (D-Calvert), suggesting it was what people expected from Gansler (D), a supporter of gay marriage. "His finding can be trumped in seconds by a lower court."

Miller, speaking to reporters after Thursday's Senate session, said he expects the opinion to draw a legal challenge in relatively short order and eventually work its way up to the state's high court.

"The far right will look to find the right case, probably in Harford County or the Eastern Shore," Miller said. "They'll forum-shop, and it'll ultimately be decided by the Court of Appeals."

By John Wagner  |  February 25, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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That is an uncommonly candid statement for a praticed politician. Interesting.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 25, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Funny long time ago the age of consent for marriage in Maryland was 18 while it was 21 in many other states. My college friends eloped to Maryland to wed. Their marriage was considered legal back in the states that said they were too young to wed.
It would be total chaos if states did not recognize other states marriages.

Posted by: mmad2 | February 25, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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