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By stroke of Governor’s pen, Maryland begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, December 6, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday morning signed a proclamation affirming that voters had approved a marriage equality ballot question last month, and by the stroke of his pen, gave the green light to marriage officials to begin issuing marriage applications to same-sex couples.

Gov. Martin O’Malley certifies Maryland election results, including the vote on same-sex marriage.
Official photo via Maryland Governor’s office.

With hugs and happy tears warming a normally bureaucratic transaction, gay and lesbian couples flocked to courthouses to apply for their marriage licenses today, reported The Baltimore Sun.

“I started tearing up when I saw the marriage license,” Alli Harper, 34, said of the document that she and Jennifer Monti, 32, received shortly after the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse opened at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. “All of a sudden, it’s right there in front of you.”

Last week, Attorney General Doug Gansler issued an opinion that the law would allow county and city courts to take applications for licenses as of today, with the provision that couples could not actually become legally married until the law takes effect January 1.

Many courthouses are expected to be open Jan. 1 — normally a holiday — for couples who want to marry on the first day possible.

Just after midnight, officials in Washington state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, becoming the first of three states to do so after voters approved marriage equality measures on Nov. 6. Gay couples in Washington state who receive licenses today can marry beginning Sunday, following the state’s mandatory three-day waiting period.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Progress …

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:23pm
  2. Maryland, My Maryland :-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:25pm
  3. Great :-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:28pm
  4. awesome!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:33pm
  5. <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:40pm
  6. Great!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:56pm
  7. Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!! :) <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:59pm
  8. Waiting on MN to get this done. Yay for Maryland. So happy for those couples and their families.

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:11pm
  9. Fantastic to see

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:11pm
  10. And the earth didnt stop turning on its axis! Amazing. So much for the doom sayers!

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:18pm
  11. How beautiful!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:50pm
  12. yay

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:05pm
  13. Great! Now we need to get the remainder of the states on board. Equality for everyone!

    Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:52pm
  14. bravo!

    Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:41am