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Gov. O’Malley Notarizes MD Marriage Referendum, Calls It “A Big Step Forward”

Today, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the paperwork allowing same-sex couples in Maryland to apply for marriage licenses.

“It’s official! Courthouses can now issue licenses to same-sex couples for January weddings,”  O’Malley posted on Facebook. “Today is a big step forward for the dignity of every child’s home.”

Marylanders passed Question 6, which legalized marriage equality in the state, on Election Day.

No one’s jumping the broom just yet, thought: Clerks throughout the state can accept applications today, but the the licenses won’t become valid until January 1, 2013.

We think some couples are going to have a pretty spectacular New Year’s Day.

Source: Freedom to Marry

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Dec 6, 2012
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  • 5 Comments
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      I’ve seen a lot of reports today of him signing the law. Didn’t he sign it back when it was passed, like other laws are done? Back before it was put on the ballot?

      Dec 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JDJase
      JDJase

      @hyhybt: The results of the referendum have to be certified by the governor…

      Dec 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      Thanks. What would have happened had the governor not liked the results and refused to do it?

      Dec 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      Well definitely a good cause for celebration.

      Dec 7, 2012 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      If only all governors in the U.S. felt the way he does.

      Dec 7, 2012 at 4:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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