Maryland WILL Recognize Gay Marriages Performed Elsewhere

On the heels of yesterday's announcement by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler that the state could recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, Gansler announced today that Maryland WILL recognize gay marriages performed in other places. This is great news for the citzens of Maryland because nearby Washington, DC will start performing gay marriage ceremonies on March 9. All they have to do is make the short trip to DC to get hitched, and their state will recognize it!

Conservatives and gay marriage opponents are obviously having a fit over this. Via The Washington Post:

"Republicans, socially conservative Democrats and several African American lawmakers from Prince George's County to Baltimore blasted the decision. One Republican lawmaker vowed to bring articles of impeachment against Gansler for trying to usurp Maryland law, which defines marriage within the state as between a man and a woman. The Roman Catholic archbishops of Washington and Baltimore and the bishop of Wilmington said in a statement that they take "strong exception" to the decision. "

Maryland overnor Martin O'Malley expressed his support for Gansler's announcement. Via The Washington Post:

"I am confident that the Attorney General and his office will provide all necessary advice to state agencies on how to comply with the law," O'Malley said in a statement. "I expect all state agencies to work with the Attorney General's office to ensure compliance with the law."

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