Maryland Approves Same-Sex Marriage Law [View all]
Source: Washington Post
Maryland approves same-sex marriage law
By John Wagner and Ned Martel, Wednesday, November 7, 12:15 AM
Voters in Maryland approved the state’s same-sex marriage law on Tuesday, according to exit polls and early returns. It marked a historic victory for the gay-rights movement nationally, which had lost at the ballot box in more than 30 states.
The vote, which underscored the country’s rapid evolution on how marriage should be defined, means that gay couples can wed starting Jan. 1 in Maryland, which joins six states and the District where same-sex marriage has been legal.
Voters in two other states, Maine and Washington, were deciding Tuesday whether to allow gay nuptials, and voters in Minnesota faced a constitutional amendment that would ban same-same sex marriage.
Maryland voters also approved the Dream Act, allowing undocumented immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates. A measure that allows a new casino in Prince George’s County also seemed poised to pass.