Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University

University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Westboro Baptist Church members protest Maryland's same-sex marriage law in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday.Photo © Anna Staver.

Westboro protesters met by crowd of 250 counter-protesters in Maryland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four members of the anti-gay extremist Westboro Baptist Church were met by 250 counter-protesters on Wednesday morning when they arrived outside the Anne Arundel Circuit Court building in Annapolis to protest the state's recently enacted marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Westboro announces plans to protest same-sex marriage in Maryland

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists known for their “Gods hates fags” and "God hates dead soldiers" protests, has received permits to rally in front of courthouses in Towson and Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, according to police officials. [ Read more → ]
Jim Scales (left) and William Tasker, wed at Baltimore city hall on Jan. 1, 2013.Image via WBAL-TV.

Maryland gay couples ring in the New Year with first same-sex unions

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
After 35 years together, Jim Scales, 68, and William Tasker, 60, married shortly after midnight on Tuesday, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in Maryland to wed under the state's new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Maryland couples await 2013 as marriage equality law takes effect at 12:01 a.m.

Monday, December 31, 2012
Same-sex couples in Maryland are eagerly awaiting the New Year, as at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the state's new marriage equality law takes effect. [ Read more → ]
Kenni Shaw posted these photos to Instagram of himself before (right) and after the attack.

Openly gay Baltimore man says Christmas attack was a hate crime

Friday, December 28, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- An openly gay East Baltimore resident who was severely beaten Christmas night told police investigators that he believed that he was attacked because he is gay. [ Read more → ]

Some Maryland county clerks resist officiating same-sex marriages

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. -- The Chief Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Md., said Thursday that some deputy clerks were opposed to the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage, based on their religious convictions and will no longer officiate at wedding ceremonies. [ Read more → ]

Maryland trolley business opts out of weddings to avoid same-sex couples

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The owner of Annapolis' iconic old-fashioned trolleys that are often synonymous with the city's wedding scene, said he is abandoning the wedding industry, rather than be forced to serve same-sex couples when Marylard's marriage equality law takes effect next month. [ Read more → ]

Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 dwarfed those who opposed It

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. [ Read more → ]
Michael Peroutka

HRC: Top anti-gay marriage donor in Maryland is ‘active white supremacist’

Friday, December 7, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign on Thursday called on the Maryland Marriage Alliance to return a $10,000 donation by Michael Peroutka, an alleged active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer who was one of the three largest individual donors to the campaign against marriage equality in Maryland. [ Read more → ]

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 with the stroke of his pen, gave the green light to marriage officials to begin issuing marriage applications to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Douglas Gansler

Maryland AG: Same-sex marriage licenses can be processed now for New Year’s Day weddings

Sunday, December 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Marriage officials in Maryland can begin processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, allowing them to wed on New Year's Day, according to an opinion by the state's Attorney General. [ Read more → ]

Christian legal group: Gays can’t force Christian clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Christian legal group on Monday sent a memorandum to marriage officials in the three states where gay marriage was legalized in last week's elections, advising them they "do not have to violate their faith or conscience by personally issuing licenses to applicants who are of the same sex." [ Read more → ]
The Vatican

Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]

A monumental day for love in Maryland, my Marry-land…

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Maryland, my Marry-land. Through the hard work of LGBT activists and allies, and by the understanding of its residents that love affirmed only betters society, you my beloved state, have now entered the small and growing ranks of those states that have legalized same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Maryland voters approve same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With nearly all precincts reporting, voters in Maryland have approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, giving same-sex couples the right to marry. [ Read more → ]

Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While voters across America have never approved of same-sex marriage at the ballot box, final polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington show that marriage equality is poised to make history today. [ Read more → ]
A van with anti-gay marriage signs and banners parked near an anti-Question 6 event at a Frederick park on Nov. 4.Photo: Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade

Supporters of Maryland marriage law remain hopeful going into Election Day

Monday, November 5, 2012
Supporters of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law said over the weekend they remain optimistic voters on Election Day will support Question 6. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert J. Anderson

Maryland pastor declares LGBT people and supporters are ‘worthy of death’

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Maryland Family Alliance, a coalition working to defeat Maryland's marriage equality law, has inflamed the gay marriage debate on news that a local pastor declared that LGBT people and their supporters are “worthy of death.” [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg pledges additional $500,000 to support marriage equality campaigns

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that he'll spend another $500,000 of his personal fortune to support marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state in an effort to help the campaigns raise an equal amount. [ Read more → ]

Minister describes gays as ‘predators’ during Maryland marriage rally

Monday, October 22, 2012
BALTIMORE — A California pastor referred to gays as as “predators” during an event against same-sex marriage at a local black church on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Frank Schubert

NOM mastermind Frank Schubert makes millions selling LGBT discrimination

Friday, October 19, 2012
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, according to NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]

Catholic Church, NOM responsible for 60 percent of anti-gay marriage funding in ballot states

Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination, according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]

HRC commits additional $1 million to marriage equality campaigns

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign on Friday announced it was committing an additional $1 million to the marriage equality campaigns in the four states with ballot initiatives this November. [ Read more → ]
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