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Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Prep For Battle In Maryland

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Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland are close to getting the issue in front of voters this fall via a referendum, and supporters of the new law are now responding.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality opened two offices and hired staff yesterday, preparing for a campaign to defend the bill that lawmakers passed earlier this year should the effort to get it on November's ballot succeed.

The two offices are in Baltimore and Silver Spring. Additional office space is expected in coming months, and they've already hired 12 field staffers to work across the state, the group says.

 Same-sex marriage opponents have until the end of the month to turn in petitions to force a voter referendum, though the main opposition group says it has already presented enough. Maryland election officials are currently verifying the petitions.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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