BREAKING: Maryland recognizes marriages
Just this afternoon, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has announced the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, effective immediately.
The Washington Post has the story, first posting this:
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.
And later this:
UPDATE 2:50 P.M.: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) says effective immediately the state recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and state agencies should begin giving gay couples the rights they were awarded elsewhere.
While Maryland still won’t perform the marriages, couples now have the option of moving to that state and bringing their marriages with them, or getting popping over in another state to get married.
As a reader who e-mailed me the story put it, “Apparently, the full faith and credit provision of the Constitution actually works!”
Coming up soon: My first snail mail hate mail! (There’s probably a better term for that, but I’m enjoying the rhyme.)