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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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Anti-gay Maryland lawmaker who crashed boat admits he was operating while impaired

Friday, August 24, 2012
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Maryland Republican lawmaker Donald Dwyer, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, has admitted to being under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his boat into another boat carrying four adults and five children.

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Marriage equality supporters pleased with language approved for ballot referendum

Monday, August 20, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Marriage equality supporters are pleased with language approved by the Maryland State Board of Elections for the November referendum on the state's same-sex marriage law.

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Meet Harry Jackson, Maryland’s leading anti-gay race baiter

Saturday, August 18, 2012
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Bishop Harry Jackson is one of the leading anti-gay voices working to repeal Maryland’s proposed marriage equality law in November, and he’s being bankrolled heavily by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), according to a new report from Mother Jones.

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Chick-fil-A vandalized with marriage equality stickers, rainbow flags

Monday, August 13, 2012
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FREDERICK, Md. -- A Chick-fil-A restaurant located on on Urbana Pike in Frederick, Md., was vandalized in the early morning hours on Sunday, according to a spokesman for Frederick County sheriff's office.

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Maryland gaming measure could have negative impact on same-sex marriage ballot teferendum

Thursday, August 9, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to reconvene the state legislature for a special session Thursday to consider adding a voter initiative on approving gaming in the state could contribute to defeating the same-sex marriage bill, according to political analysts.

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HRC infuses $1 million additional funds to fight marriage referendums in four states

Monday, August 6, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced a further $1 million cash infusion adding to earlier funding and significant on-the-ground work in the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures in November – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

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Poll: Majority of Maryland voters would protect marriage equality law

Friday, August 3, 2012
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BALTIMORE -- A majority of Maryland voters approve of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.

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Maryland election officials certify same-sex marriage referendum petition

Thursday, July 12, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland election officials on Tuesday officially certified a petition to prompt a November referendum on the state’s same-sex marriage law.

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Round-up: Military benefits, Maryland opponents in debt, Spain ‘redefines’

Monday, July 2, 2012
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A proposed new law would let the Army recognize the spouses of service-members for the first time ever. Anti-gay activists in Maryland collect enough signatures to force a referendum, but now they're tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And seven years after legalizing marriage equality, Spain finally lets gay and lesbian couples into the dictionary.

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Maryland same-sex marriage opponents report $88,000 in debt

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Same-sex marriage supporters claim they raised more money on Tuesday than the Maryland Marriage Alliance did all month.
Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on Monday reported that their campaign to spur a referendum on the issue is more than $88,000 in debt.

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