Friday, December 18, 2009

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signs marriage equality legislation

12/19/09 Washington Post:
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Friday signed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, equating the hurdles confronting gay couples to those his parents faced when they married four decades ago as an interracial couple ... "Marriage inequality is a civil rights, political, social, moral and religious issue in this country and many nations," Fenty said. "And as a I sign this act into law, the District, from this day forward, will set the tone for other jurisdictions to follow in creating an open and inclusive city."
For extended discussion of this historic development, see this post by journalist Karen Ocamb.

12/18/09 Baltimore Sun editorial:
[I]t appears that the issue of gay marriage has now arrived at Maryland's doorstep, and that increases the urgency for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to issue an opinion on whether the state is permitted to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

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