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Task Force Action Fund Responds to Maryland Attorney General's Opinion on Same-Sex Marriages

The opinion affirms the dignity of marriages of same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions


Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler issued a legal opinion that
states that marriages of same-sex couples validly entered into in other
jurisdictions may be honored and recognized by state agencies.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

"This opinion by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler affirms the
dignity of marriages of same-sex couples performed in other
jurisdictions. While the opinion doesn't change current Maryland law,
it states that same-sex marriages performed out-of-state may be honored
at home by various Maryland state agencies. We thank the attorney
general for his important opinion and urge state agencies to take steps
immediately to honor the legal marriages of these same-sex couples.

"We look forward to the day when same-sex couples in Maryland can
obtain marriage licenses within their own borders. We look forward to
full marriage equality in Maryland, when same-sex couples can be
legally married in the state where they live, work, raise their
children and make their homes."

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