Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hero of the Day: Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler

Maryland, like most states in America, defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. However, the question on the table for Maryland now is, “Will we recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state?” Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s opinion is a resounding “yes!”

In a 45 page opinion, Gansler stated his support for the recognition of out of state same sex marriages, and gave a detailed legal argument as to why he believes that it’s likely that the Maryland court will rule to honor out of state same sex marriages.

The Maryland AG has spoken and said what the law is – that the state of Maryland will respect, honor, and recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Now, the state agencies need to act accordingly with the opinion.

Gansler has been a straight ally for many years, and we salute his courage to come out and take a stand on this issue, which can be very controversial for someone in an elected office.

Read more about Gansler’s opinion here.

Read AG Gansler’s entire 45 page opinion here.

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