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Old 02-15-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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According to the Washington Post, looks like Maryland will be the next state to pass a law allowing gay marriage. This would be the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to allow gay marriage, but then again, Maryland isn't what you would consider a true southern state.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...=moreheadlines
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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According to the Washington Post, looks like Maryland will be the next state to pass a law allowing gay marriage. This would be the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to allow gay marriage, but then again, Maryland isn't what you would consider a true southern state.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...=moreheadlines
I thought gay marriage was already legal in MD. It was for a while though I think. Couple of friends of mine got married there way back in the late 80s/early 90s rumor has it. Naturally I could be wrong. In any event, this is good news!
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I agree, very good news! It's sad and still kind of shocking to see how many states ban not only gay marriage but unions as well when you see it laid out on a colored map of the US. I hope to see equal rights for all really mean for all in my lifetime.
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This is a clear cut case of Human Rights and discrimination. I live in Scotland, UK and was Civilly Partnered (British term for gay marriage) in 2007 and I was proud that I state my love and legally bind my relationship as many gay couples have NO legal rights to property, possessions if their partner dies but this ceremony gives the EXACT rights as heterosexual marriage and I am so at peace that I have the law behind me should anything happen to my wife and her family contest her will (they wouldnt - they're wonderful!) or try to prevent attendance at a funeral (Heaven forbid!). It goes beyond just saying "I do" this is gaining and securing rights and protection, being seen as an equal and having the full force of the law behind you should anything bad happen.

Equal marriage in the U.S. must become universally legalised. We are all created equal and deserve the choice even if it is to be refused by the individual.

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It passed in the senate. Awesome!.
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According to the Washington Post, looks like Maryland will be the next state to pass a law allowing gay marriage. This would be the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to allow gay marriage, but then again, Maryland isn't what you would consider a true southern state.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...=moreheadlines
The difference between Maryland and the states in the Deep South is that Maryland has a large number of liberal voters, and they outnumber conservative voters 2-1. Nevertheless, Maryland is definitely southern once you get outside of the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Like other southern states, Maryland banned interracial marriages until it was forced to drop the ban when the Supreme Court invalidated miscegenation bans in 1967.



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