Maryland Governor Signs Gay-Marriage Bill
But opponents plan for November referendum
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Rep. Maggie McIntosh, D-Baltimore City, center, poses for a picture with her partner Dianne Stollenwerk, left, and Stollenwerk's son, Dylan Thomas.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – And then there were eight: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law today a measure making same-sex marriage legal in the state, reports the Baltimore Sun. One of the pens went to delegate Maggie McIntosh, the state's first openly gay lawmaker. "The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all," said O'Malley. "Let's sign the bill." The law, however, does not take effect until 2013, and opponents plan to put it up for referendum on the November ballot.

According to AP, the outcome will likely hinge on black churches. Many leaders of those churches oppose same-sex marriage, and they've already begun pushing the issue in sermons. That's pivotal, because the state is one-third black, and turnout is expected to be heavy among African-Americans given President Obama's bid for re-election.

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Mar 1, 2012 10:46 PM CST
Why do you need the governments permission to get "married", also marriage is a religious ceremony and homosexuality is strictly prohibited in most religious dogma, why can't they just name it something else? Have respect for people's religion and maybe they will learn to respect you more.
Mar 1, 2012 10:32 PM CST
I'm not entirely sure how anyone could see this as a bad thing, given they've just opened up the OTHER 10% of a tax base. On fiscal reasons alone marriage makes sense, so in a cynical light, the state governments will at least generate more tax revenue. From a humanitarian perspective, this is a wonderful thing. To see a state living up to the country's greatest ideal, 'liberty and justice for all', it makes you happy to see that there are pools of enlightenment in what can sometimes be roiling sea of ignorance.
Mar 1, 2012 10:28 PM CST
Time to get a recall effort going on the governor and throw out the bums in the Maryland Capitol also. They are traitors to their people, heritage and country. When will folks get it through their thick skulls that indecent and immoral behavior is socially wrong? What will be the next "sexual fad"? Zoophilia and pedophilia? When the African Americans say that being on the "down low" is a "no go" maybe people will stop to think some more about this "issue".