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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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Roundup: Marriage equality endorsed by key Republican figures

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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Washington's anti-gay activists are falling way behind in fundraising, as the pro-equality side gears up for a huge television ad campaign. And support for marriage equality grows, with endorsements from key Republican figures including one of the Koch brothers. [...]

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Is 2012 shaping up as the year of marriage equality?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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The Republican National Convention gets down to business today in Tampa, Fla., where delegates are expected to overwhelmingly pass the Republican Party platform that is unequivocally against marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Despite that, could 2012 turn out to be the year of marriage equality? [...]

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Baltimore Sun: Campaign of marriage misinformation begins in Maryland

Sunday, August 26, 2012
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In a new editorial column Sunday, the Baltimore Sun takes aim at opponents of Maryland’s marriage equality law, and said they are “resorting to the same playbook of false attacks they have used to great effect in other states.” [...]

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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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