Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed marriage equality in the state into law Thursday. O’Malley’s signature made the Old Line State the eighth in the nation to legalize marriage equality. “We are one Maryland and all of us at the end of the day want the same thing for our children,” O’Malley said, according to Politico. “We want them to live in a loving, caring, committed home that is protected equally under the law.”
Victory, however, is not yet guaranteed for Maryland’s marriage equality supporters. The law will not take effect until Jan. 2013, and its opponents are likely to place a referendum on marriage equality on the November ballot.
In 2008, California’s marriage equality referendum, Proposition 8, passed at the voting booth, although it has since been struck down by two separate courts.
Opponents of marriage equality will be required to collect 56,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.