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Md. AG says Utah same-sex marriages are recognized in his state

Monday, January 13, 2014

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s attorney general says he believes recent same-sex marriages legally performed in Utah would be recognized in Maryland.

Doug Gansler

Doug Gansler

Doug Gansler made the statement Friday in response to a letter from the Human Rights Campaign to him and 17 other attorneys general.

A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage last month, and hundreds of couples got married. The U.S. Supreme Court intervened this week and put a halt to the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Utah then declared it would not recognize the weddings.

Gansler says Maryland will continue to recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages.

In 2010, Gansler issued an opinion that legal gay marriages in other states are valid in Maryland.

Same-sex marriages became legal in Maryland last year.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. The cards are being played. The road to marriage equality is being paved and the hate states will be forced to comply sooner than later.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:28pm
  2. MD recognized couples married on other states before it was legal here!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:31pm
  3. How sweet

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:34pm
  4. We’re gaining on it . Family Forever!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:40pm
  5. Thank you Maryland

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:41pm
  6. Fantastic!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:49pm
  7. MD is way way ahead of everyone.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:56pm
  8. What’s next? Will they recognize suspended drivers licenses too?

    I see. Nuance. MD will recognize LEGAL marriages from UT. So if UT says the marriages are not legal MD will not recognize them.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:20pm