ANNAPOLIS, MD — Marriage officials in Maryland can begin processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, allowing them to wed on New Year’s Day, according to an opinion by the state’s Attorney General.
Maryland AG Douglas Gansler released a lengthy opinion Thursday that makes it possible for gay and lesbian couples to apply for and process marriage licenses to facilitate January 1st ceremonies, and still comply with the mandatory waiting period in Maryland law.
Courts can immediately begin processing marriage license applications to allow wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples in Maryland on New Year’s Day, according to an opinion issued Thursday by the state’s attorney general.
Initially, according to the Attorney General’s office, with January 1 being a holiday, licenses could not be issued until the following day. With Maryland’s mandatory two-day waiting period, those licenses would not take effect until January 4.
Although the opinion leaves it up to county clerks responsible for marriage licensing in Maryland to determine whether or not to make such accommodations, it clears the legal hurdles necessary under existing state law.
BREAKING: A bill aiming to protect religious organizations when they deny services related to a same-sex wedding was passed by a voice in a House subcommittee today. Submitted by Delegate Nicholas J. Freitas (top image right, R-30, Culpepper) proposed to shield any person from punishment from the state, civil or otherwise, if they deny services [...]