- Douglas GanslerMaryland Attorney General
Urge Maryland's Attorney General to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages
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.
- Maryland Attorney General
In the coming weeks, your office is expected to rule on whether Maryland will recognize same-sex marriages that are performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal. As the movement for marriage equality continues to grow across the country, I urge you to move Maryland in the direction of equal rights, and allow the state to recognize out-of-state same sex marriages.
There's solid precedent behind taking this action, as well. Already, New York and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states. The Attorney General of Rhode Island has also advised state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
It is in the best interests of Maryland to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Not only is this a step toward the direction of civil rights, studies have also shown that recognizing marriage equality comes with positive economic impacts, too. Please allow Maryland to become the next state to recognize same-sex marriages conducted outside of its borders.
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