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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 02/24/2010

Maryland may recognize same-sex marriages

By Washington Post editors

A long-awaited opinion by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) out Wednesday morning concludes that the state's highest court is likely to rule at some point that same-sex marriages performed in other states are valid in Maryland.

The policy implications of the opinion are not immediately clear, and Gansler says in a one-page summary that his conclusion "is not free from doubt."

Gansler's opinion concludes "that the Court of Appeals, when it ultimately rules on this question in a particular case, will likely apply the principle that a marriage that is valid in the place of celebration is valid in Maryland. The opinion reaches this conclusion in light of the evolving state policy, reflected in anti-discrimination laws, domestic partner laws and other legislation, that respects and supports committed intimate same-sex relationships."

Maryland law currently limits marriages performed in the state to opposite-sex couples.

-- John Wagner

By Washington Post editors  | February 24, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Take the next step, and come into the 21st century.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I DO NOT agree, thank you very much!

Posted by: riceldi | February 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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