Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:46 AM
bigtree (60,593 posts)
BIG Day For Engaged Couples In My State!
Gay couples can get post-dated marriage licenses in some Maryland counties Thursday
Sen. Richard Madaleno, center, celebrates onstage at an election night party in Baltimore last month after voters passed a mesaure approving same-sex marriage in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansk)
Gay couples planning to wed Jan. 1 will be able to get post-dated marriage licenses as early as Thursday in some Maryland counties, officials said Wednesday
Last month, Maryland voters upheld the state’s new same-sex marriage law, which takes effect on Jan. 1. That’s a court holiday, but clerks can issue licenses early to accommodate couples who want to get married on New Year’s Day, according to an opinion issued last week by the state Attorney General’s Office.
The opinion said clerks could start issuing the post-dated licenses as soon as the governor formally declares that Question 6 was passed by voters. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is planning to sign a proclamation to that effect Thursday morning, his office said Wednesday.
Knight, who also is president of the Maryland Association on Circuit Court Clerks, said she understands that clerks in about two-thirds of the state’s counties plan to issue licenses before Jan. 1.
In counties that do not issue licenses until Jan. 2, same-sex marriages will not take effect before Jan. 4. That’s because Maryland has a two-day waiting period for licenses to take effect after they are issued.
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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:58 AM
countryjake (7,963 posts)
Today is a very big day out here in WA state, celebrating marriage equality, too. Last night at midnight when ours went into effect it was better than New Year's Eve with long lines waiting to get their marriage licenses after Gov. Gregoire approved it yesterday. Here, there is a three day waiting period to marry after obtaining a license, but Sunday you will most likely hear and feel the joy radiating out across the nation, as loving couples can finally make their commitment legal.
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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:21 PM
countryjake (7,963 posts)
3. Can't ya feel the tide is turning...
I heard last night that the percentage of voters who support marriage equality across the country is slowly but surely edging up and has now gained a slight majority, compared to the dismal figures just a few years ago. The voters in our states have tweaked history, proven it can and must be done!
It's just an unbelievably good feeling!
Just found an article about that poll:
Poll Says Same-Sex Marriage Gaining Support From U.S. Voters
A plurality of U.S. voters support same-sex marriage, a reversal from four years ago when the public clearly opposed such unions, a poll released today shows.
Most voters also support the legalization of marijuana, according to the survey by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University. In the Nov. 6 election, voters in three states approved measures legalizing same-sex marriage and in two states legalized recreational marijuana use.
The poll shows 48 percent backing same-sex marriage while 46 percent oppose it. In a 2008 Quinnipiac survey, 55 percent were against same-sex marriage while 36 percent favored it.
“It seems pretty clear that attitudes toward same-sex marriage in American society are changing rapidly,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute. “While the country remains split on the issue, supporters have come pretty far in the last four years.”