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Urge Maryland's Attorney General to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

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UPDATE: On February 24, Maryland's Attorney General issued an opinion that advocates for Maryland to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. While his opinion is not binding law, it does serve as a good prediction for how the Court or the legislature might rule on the issue. It's an important first step. Thanks to all who have taken action and sent letters to the Maryland Attorney General's office! For more information, click here.

In the coming weeks, Maryland's Attorney General, Douglas Gansler, is expected to issue a decision on whether the state of Maryland can recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.  While this would not make same-sex marriage legal in Maryland, it would allow the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples from states where marriage equality is on the books (currently Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and Maine, as well as the roughly 18,000 same-sex marriages that are legally recognized in California). 

This is an important first step for recognizing marriage equality in Maryland.  Please, email Attorney General Gansler and urge him to decide in favor of recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages in Maryland. 



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