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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Md. student claims fraternity rejected him because he is gay

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Brian Stewart
BALTIMORE, Md. -- A Maryland university is investigating a student's claim that members of a fraternity he wanted to join rejected him because he is gay.

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Openly gay lawmaker announces run for Md. governorship

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Heather Mizeur
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation's first openly gay governor.

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Baltimore mayor officiates group wedding ceremony at pride festival

| Monday, June 17, 2013
Couples participate in a mass wedding ceremony in Baltimore on Sunday.
BALTIMORE -- Twenty same-sex couples were married Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony at the annual Baltimore pride festival.

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Baltimore police form advisory council to improve relations with LGBT community

| Sunday, June 16, 2013
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore police department on Friday announced the formation of an advisory council to help improve its relations with the LGBT community.

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Baltimore mayor to preside over Pride Festival mass wedding

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
BALTIMORE -- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.

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With marriage now legal, Md. to end partner benefits for gay state workers

| Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Governor of Maryland has notified state employees that shared benefits for domestic partners will end on December 31, and if they want to continue their health insurance coverage, they'll have to get married.

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Doctor withdraws as Johns Hopkins commencement speaker over anti-gay remarks

| Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ben CarsonAP
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore pediatric neurosurgeon who made derogatory comments comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality has withdrawn as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Transgender protections bill fails to pass Maryland senate committee

| Thursday, March 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would have prohibited discrimination against transgender Marylanders in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations, failed on Thursday to pass a committee vote.

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Non- discrimination laws will improve the lives of transgender Marylanders — and everyone else

| Thursday, February 28, 2013
The largest study on transgender populations in the country found that one in five Maryland respondents report having lost their job due to being transgender; 12 percent have been, or are homeless and over half of the transgender population has been harassed and or denied service in a public space, just for being who they are. These statistics paint an unfortunate, but accurate, picture of how transgender Marylanders are being treated by their fellow Maryland residents, including their families, their co-workers, and their neighbors. Like any marginalized community, it is hard not to internalize this really hurtful mistreatment.

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Ethics panel criticizes Md. lawmaker for ‘official’ rant against Ravens’ linebacker

| Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Emmett C. Burns
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An ethics panel has criticized a Maryland lawmaker for using his official letterhead to urge Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to restrain linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly supporting same-sex marriage.

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