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10:07 PM — A lesbian couple who were married in California are petitioning for divorce at a high court in Maryland, where same-sex weddings are not recognised, for the second time, after their first petition was thrown out two years ago.

  • 2nd March 2012

    Maryland governor signs equal marriage into law 25

    Governor O'Malley  appeared in the film Ladder 49 as himself

    11:06 AM — Maryland has become the eighth state in the union to agree to allow gay couples to marry after its governor signed the bill into law, saying 'We are one Maryland'.

  • 24th February 2012

    Maryland senate passes equal marriage law 15

    Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley had introduced the bill and will sign it into law (Photo: Wikimedia/Thisisbossi)

    9:42 AM — Maryland's state senate approved a bill last night to give equal marriage rights to gay couples. The bill passed narrowly in a 25-22 vote and has already been approved by the House of Delegates.

  • 18th February 2012

    Maryland House of Delegates approves gay marriage bill 37

    Maryland could be next to allow gay marriage (Photo Ludovic Bertron)

    1:44 AM — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage that is widely expected to be passed by the state senate and already has the support of the governor Martin O'Malley.

  • 9th February 2012

    Ex-gays claim ‘illegal discrimination’ over flyers 47

    The group is legally entitled to distribute the flyers

    2:16 PM — A national 'ex-gay' support organisation which distributes flyers to students in the US state of Maryland has called today for an official to be disciplined after he described the publications as "reprehensible".

  • 2nd February 2012

    Maryland girl: For my birthday, ban gay marriage 202

    The girl spoke to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (Photo: Wikimedia/Thisisbossi)

    12:18 PM — A committee at the Maryland state senate, where equal marriage legislation is being considered, has heard the birthday wish of a 14-year-old girl: to keep the ban on gay marriage.

  • 13th January 2012

    Full court martial recommended for gay Wikileaks soldier 17

    Manning was arrested and has been in custody since 2010

    11:17 AM — Bradley Manning, the gay soldier at the centre of a storm over leaked military information, has been recommended for a full court martial following a pre-trial hearing over Christmas. Officials at Fort Meade, Maryland said there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a military jury.

  • 25th February 2011

    Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.

  • 24th February 2011

    Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • 3rd November 2010

    US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13

    Gay groups say pro-gay candidates fared well

    2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.

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