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MD Attorney General Issues Opinion On Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

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By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler says he believes Maryland's highest court likely would rule that gay marriages valid in another state would be valid in Maryland.

In a 45-page opinion outlining his view of how the court would likely rule on the issue, Gansler points out that, while Maryland law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the state also generally acknowledges couples married elsewhere.

While the opinion is not law, his interpretation can guide state agencies and his office would defend a state agency in court for recognizing a same-sex marriage for another state.

A spokeswoman for Gansler says individual agencies would have to review policies to determine if and how to make changes.

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