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Md AG Gay Marriages Likely Recognized


Maryland attorney general Douglas F. Gansler (pictured) issued an opinion Wednesday morning that concludes the state's highest court is likely to uphold the legality of same-sex marriages performed out of state when it rules on the question.

According to The Washington Post, the policy implications of the long-awaited opinion were not immediately clear, even, apparently, to Attorney General Gansler.

Writes the Post: "Gansler's opinion concludes 'that the Court of Appeals, when it ultimately rules on this question in a particular case, will likely apply the principle that a marriage that is valid in the place of celebration is valid in Maryland. The opinion reaches this conclusion in light of the evolving state policy, reflected in anti-discrimination laws, domestic partner laws and other legislation, that respects and supports committed intimate same-sex relationships.'"

Maryland law currently limits marriages performed in the state to opposite-sex couples.

The opinion can be read here.

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