Same-sex marriage in Maryland

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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of Maryland since January 1, 2013.wikipedia
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Martin O'Malley

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In 2012, the state's Democratic representatives, led by Governor Martin O'Malley, began a campaign for its legalization.
In 2012, he signed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Maryland Question 6

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The law took effect on January 1, 2013 after 52.4% of voters approved a statewide referendum held on November 6, 2012.
Question 6 (colloquially called the Maryland same-sex marriage referendum) is a referendum that appeared on the general election ballot for the U.S. state of Maryland to allow voters to approve or reject the Civil Marriage Protection Act—a bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed by the General Assembly in 2012.

Same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of Maryland since January 1, 2013.

Equality Maryland

After a Maryland House of Delegates committee voted in March 2004 to reject a pair of marriage bills that would have submitted a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage to voters and invalidated same-sex marriages performed in another state or foreign country, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Equality Maryland filed a lawsuit, Deane & Polyak v. Conaway, to challenge the existing law on behalf of nine same-sex couples and one bereaved man whose partner had died.
Its mission includes: the passage of laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity; the expansion of Maryland's hate-crimes statute; the increase of domestic partner benefits; the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Maryland and laws banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors.

History of same-sex marriage in the United States

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Upon the rise of the same-sex marriage movement in the early 1970s, Maryland established the first law in the United States that expressly defined marriage to be a union between a man and a woman. Maryland holds a unique place in the history of same-sex marriage in the United States.
In the regular November 2012 elections, voters for the first time approved the legalization of same-sex marriage by popular vote in three states: Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

Don H. Dwyer Jr.

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Consequently, Delegate Don Dwyer introduced a resolution to impeach Judge Murdock in 2006, alleging "misbehavior in office, [willful] neglect of duty, and incompetency" for her trial court decision; in 2007, he introduced a law that would ban discussion of same-sex unions in public schools.
A member of the Republican Party, Dwyer is known for his conservative positions on certain issues, including outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Baltimore

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In January 2006, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs, writing that "Family law §2-201 violates Article 46 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights because it discriminates, based on gender against a suspect class, and is not narrowly tailored to serve any compelling governmental interests."
In 2012, same-sex marriage in Maryland was legalized, going into effect January 1, 2013.

Doug Gansler

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Before passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, the state recognized same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions following the 2010 release of a legal opinion from Attorney General Doug Gansler in his nine-month analysis of comity laws.
Gansler was the first statewide elected official in Maryland to support marriage equality.

Richard Madaleno

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State Senator Richard Madaleno requested in 2009 that the Attorney General answer the question of whether same-sex marriages could be recognized by the state.
Although that version of the bill was never voted on, Maryland legalized same-sex marriage three years later.

Freedom to Marry

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Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, said that the decision was "deeply flawed" because the 4–3 majority did not answer the question of how denying marriage to same-sex couples affects the ability of heterosexual couples to procreate.
The 2012 states included New Hampshire, Maine, Washington, Minnesota, New Jersey, and later Maryland.

Emmett C. Burns Jr.

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The opinion garnered negative reactions from some Republicans, socially conservative Democrats, and several African-American lawmakers, including delegates Emmett C. Burns, Jr. and Don Dwyer, who spoke out against the opinion and promised to initiate impeachment proceedings against Gansler.

Tiffany Alston

Several delegates who originally co-sponsored the bill began to express doubts after being lobbied by church-going constituents, including Sam Arora and Tiffany Alston, who delayed the bill's vote in the House committee by skipping the voting session.
During the committee voting session on SB 116, Alston revoked her co-sponsorship and instead offered an amendment to change the bill from same-sex marriage to civil unions.

LGBT rights in Maryland

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Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland was approved by voters on November 6, 2012 and went into effect on January 1, 2013.

Sam Arora

Several delegates who originally co-sponsored the bill began to express doubts after being lobbied by church-going constituents, including Sam Arora and Tiffany Alston, who delayed the bill's vote in the House committee by skipping the voting session.
Arora ran for the Maryland House of Delegates on a platform of support for same-sex marriage in Maryland and co-sponsored a bill allowing it early in the 2011 session.

Gwendolyn T. Britt

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After the Court of Appeals upheld the statutory ban on same-sex marriage in 2007, State Senator Gwendolyn Britt of Landover Hills, along with delegates Victor R. Ramirez and Benjamin S. Barnes, sought to sponsor a marriage bill in the Legislature.
In 2007, Britt co-sponsored a controversial bill with State Delegate Justin Ross that would allow convicted released felons the right to vote, and became lead sponsor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Maryland

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Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of Maryland since January 1, 2013.

U.S. state

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In 2012, the state's Democratic representatives, led by Governor Martin O'Malley, began a campaign for its legalization.

Democratic Party (United States)

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In 2012, the state's Democratic representatives, led by Governor Martin O'Malley, began a campaign for its legalization. The opinion garnered negative reactions from some Republicans, socially conservative Democrats, and several African-American lawmakers, including delegates Emmett C. Burns, Jr. and Don Dwyer, who spoke out against the opinion and promised to initiate impeachment proceedings against Gansler.

Governor of Maryland

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In 2012, the state's Democratic representatives, led by Governor Martin O'Malley, began a campaign for its legalization.

Maryland General Assembly

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After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the General Assembly (Maryland's bicameral Legislature, composed of the Senate and House of Delegates) in February 2012 and signed on March 1, 2012.

Bicameralism

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After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the General Assembly (Maryland's bicameral Legislature, composed of the Senate and House of Delegates) in February 2012 and signed on March 1, 2012.

State legislature (United States)

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After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the General Assembly (Maryland's bicameral Legislature, composed of the Senate and House of Delegates) in February 2012 and signed on March 1, 2012.

Maryland Senate

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After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the General Assembly (Maryland's bicameral Legislature, composed of the Senate and House of Delegates) in February 2012 and signed on March 1, 2012.