Friday, January 20, 2006

Judge Strikes Down Md. Ban on Gay Marriage

This is great news. It appears it is going to take a gradual judicial ripple effect in order to have any change on this issue. On the other hand, my cynical side notes that it is an election year and the great wedge issue is in the news again.


Ruling Is Stayed as Constitutional Fight Ignites

A Baltimore judge ruled yesterday that Maryland's law banning same-sex marriage is discriminatory and "cannot withstand constitutional challenge," throwing open the possibility of a bruising legislative battle over a constitutional amendment.

Unlike decisions in Massachusetts and New York state, the Maryland ruling will not immediately bring lines of same-sex couples to city hall for civil ceremonies. Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock immediately stayed her decision, and the attorney general's office has voiced plans for an appeal.



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