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Same-Sex Weddings Will Begin At Midnight Tonight In Maryland

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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Same-Sex Weddings Will Begin At Midnight Tonight In Maryland

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, it will mark more than simply the start of a new year for some couples in Maryland — it’s also when Maryland’s new marriage equality lawofficially takes effect. Some same-sex weddings are already planned for the first moments of 2013.

Since New Year’s Day is a government holiday, courthouses across Maryland are closed. But that didn’t stop Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) from taking steps to ensure that same-sex couples won’t have to wait any longer for marriage equality. Rawlings-Blake will open Baltimore’s city hall tonight to allow at least seven same-sex couples to get married, and the mayor plans to serve as an official witness for the wedding ceremonies:

New Years Day will have a new meaning for the hundreds — if not thousands — of couples who will finally have the right to marry the person they love,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

“It is a remarkable achievement for Maryland, and we are excited to open City Hall to host some of the first wedding ceremonies in our great state. Newly married couples will stand before their friends and family to profess their love and commitment to each other. This is what we worked for, and I am looking forward to take part in this historic and jubilant day.”

The first couple to be married at City Hall will be a longtime aide to the mayor and his partner of 35 years. And even though the courthouses in other Maryland cities may not be open, the early marriage licenses that some same-sex couples in the state were able to begin applying for in December will become official at midnight tonight.

After sweeping LGBT victories in November expanded marriage equality across several states, same-sex couples also began getting married in Washington earlier this month and in Maine earlier this week.


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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM
Good.
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Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

group hug

imamomzilla
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

 groomgroom

GaleJ
by Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM
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I send good thoughts and my best wishes to all that choose to make a public commitment out of love to establish their family. May they be blessed with many years of love, laughter, joy, and the days and nights from which we all build our lives. straight or LGBTQ.

lwalker270
by Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I think it's fantastic!

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM
Yay!
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shannonnigans
by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Awesome! Congrats to all newlyweds in Maryland!
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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

They are predicting that business for gay weddings will be increasing astronomically as the states say they will acknowledge them.  This is good news for florists, restaurants, halls, bands and DJ's, caterers, anyone who makes favors, bridal dresses and tuxes, etc.

All fuel for the economic pump.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Free will. There are severe repercussions to immorality esp sins against the virtue of purity.

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Or nothing will happen since there is the possibility of no life after death. Live your lives in a happy and peaceful manner.

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