Maryland Law Permits Recognition of Legal Marriages of Same-Gender

In a recent release by Equality Maryland, they applauded an opinion released on Feb. 24 by the Office of Attorney General Doug Gansler that states that marriages of same-gender couples validly entered into in other jurisdictions may be honored here at home.

They state that “the Attorney General’s opinion relies on longstanding legal precedent that says couples who have been legally married in another state are treated under Maryland law as validly married, even if that marriage was not performed in the State of Maryland. This opinion will provide enhanced protections for couples with valid licenses. It compels state agencies to act in accord with the law and provide equal protections to couples with valid licenses. This opinion also increases the momentum behind our efforts to advance full marriage equality for all LGBT couples.”

Equality Maryland is committed to seeing to it that the legally valid marriages of same sex couples in the Free State are honored and that state agencies comply with state law by offering equal protections.