Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage
Maryland may become the latest state to expand gay rights -- specifically regarding same-sex marriage.
January 12th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

The expansion of gay rights appears to have gained significant traction as Maryland's General Assembly begins its 90-day session Wednesday. Not only are Democrats optimistic about their chances of approving same-sex marriage, but a leading Republican, sensing momentum on the issue, has instead countered with a proposal to grant civil unions to gay couples.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley has publicly stated that he would sign a marriage bill into law. Maryland then would join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in sanctioning same-sex marriages.

Maryland has been inching toward granting greater rights and protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Last year Democratic state Attorney General Doug Gansler offered a legal opinion recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. "We've been marching in this direction for a while now," said Democratic state Delegate Heather Mizeur.

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    there should be a federal law prohibiting gay "marriage"!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      There should be a federal law preventing siblings from marrying and having children. Clearly you are the result of this inbreeding.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • David in Houston

      Because gay couples getting married has destroyed your life, your family, your children... how exactly?

      January 12, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian1

      Americs 1st... in case you are not aware there is a federal law that does not allow federal recognition... second, marriage is a states right issue so that would impose on state freedoms (and as I assume you are a tea party member, or at least republican) that would be in stark contrast to your small government states rights stance, but I guess you are willing to give up those tennants in order to discriminate against a minority group? Then after that I guess next on your list will be to take voting rights back from women, then to segregate the schools again?

      January 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      There already is, genius.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Thank you for your opinion representing the KKK and the Nazi party everywhere. Now go home.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn T.

      I think there should be a federal law prohibiting people from being as stupid as you. How does two peoples love negatively effect you? Grow up and stop spreading your ignorant hate.

      January 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Ahh let them get married, I don't give a hoot. It's their business.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. terry

    heck, even Sarah Palin says those who protest the loudest about gays are probably hiding something in their own bedrooms...

    January 12, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jenifer

    The Bible prohibits divorce. Why don't these same people opposed to gay marriage push for bans on divorce?

    Oh that's right, because when it becomes inconvenient for them, they don't actually follow what the Bible says.

    Hypocrites!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      The Bible says that God hates divorce. Nowhere is it prohibited. Show scriptural proof.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenifer

      Sure Jay, here you go:

      Malachi 2:16 God hates divorce
      Mark 10:2-12 No divorce, on any grounds
      Luke 16:18 No divorce, on any grounds
      1 Corinthians 7:10-12 No divorce, on any grounds

      January 12, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nik

    Gay people are humans too, so why are they denied basic human rights? It should be a federal law to recognize their unions!!! It's no one's business what consenting adults choose to do in their private lives.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Christopher

    If two people love each other, they should be able to be legally married; whether GLBT!! Case closed. 🙂

    January 12, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I agree. Leave them alone. Denying the the same rights as any other citizen is just WRONG!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Patch

    Better question: What business has government in marriage at all? I see no basis for government placing restrictions on marriage apart from age restrictions based on an individual being legally designated as a minor. I also see no reason why the marriage laws of my own religion, protestant Christianity, must be upheld by the government.

    When it all comes down to it, marriage is a contract between two individuals in the presence of a witness and the deity of their choosing. Generally, these contracts are overseen by religious bodies (be they Christian, Judaic, Muslim, or otherwise) which can choose what limitations they will abide by, but such a contract can easily be administered apart from religion. Most contracts require no government oversight int the issue, so why does government feel the need to intrude in contracts of this type?

    January 12, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • STeve

      Marriage serves many important legal purposes. Courts need to have definite answers to questions like, "After you die, who gets the children?", or "the house?". Marriage answers about a thousand of those important questions.

      The contract relationship between the two people is the important part of marriage. And, having that relationship registered with the clerk of courts, makes sure the government has the right answer those important questions. The contracts are overseen by governments, not by churches, because the hard questions are all legal questions.

      The church ceremony is, and always has been, optional. Many people don't have church weddings.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joseph

    Hurting families and children by bannig marriage equality is not a Christian or American principle.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Laura

    We are in the 21st century but stuck in the 19th century. Government should have nothing to do with people's private lives. No one gets hurt if two people of the same se/x gets married.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. nick

    It is such a sham that all of our live we have been brought up to belive in the vow,s of marrage and the union of a man and a woman thru our many different churches and a moral way of life and now due to chruch,s need for money and leader need for votes we are slowly fading away the moral in witch we were brought up in there is no way in heaven for for a mam on man nor woman on woman and god will set thing stright in the end till then know our ways of life are made for us by leaders and chruch and we can no longer lead for outselfs .

    January 12, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      @nick-"...we are slowly fading away the moral in witch we were brought up in there is no way in heaven for for a mam on man nor woman on woman..." How do you know what "ways" there are in heaven? Have you been? Until you've been and wish to come back and report to the rest of us, why don't you comment on things WHICH you know?

      January 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joseph A. Mustich, Justice of the Peace

    It's time MD.

    Cheers, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Red Studio Farm, Washington CT, USA.

    My spouse and I have been together for almost 32 years, yet it seems just like yesterday that we met on the beach on Fire Island Pines, NY.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AMERICA 1st

    gays is a cancer in the USA

    January 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blake

      Apparently in Your case, so is education. "Gays is...". Perhaps one should be required to pass a literacy test in order to marry. Oh, so sorry for you. But thanks for playing

      January 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric in Manhattan

      How sad that America1st has nothing better to do but spew hatred. I am assuming you are uneducated, ill informed and generally a very unhappy person. Perhaps concentrating your own sad life instead of making ignorant comments, would have made you a better human being. Just a guess, though.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn T.

      Grammar.... learn it, then come talk to me. Stupid...

      January 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blown 'O' Ring

    whoopee,hooray..Buttcoitus for everyone!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Astounded by the Ignorance

    The level of discourse of the anti-gay crowd never ceases to amaze!

    No animus against a minority at all!

    January 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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