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As Washington Issues Marriage Licences, Maryland Certifies Same-Sex Marriage

The Seal of Washington, Washington's state seal.

The Seal of Washington, Washington’s state seal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To quote The Princess Bride here “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…” The doors to King County Administration Building in Washington State opened their doors today in order to admit same-sex couples and allow them to get marriage licenses. In fact, here it is:

Yesterday, Washington’s Governor Christine Gregoire signed the bill into law.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the proclamation declaring the results of Question 6. As EQMD noted “He declared that Marylanders across the state stood up for committed couples. As of now, all loving couples can get marriage licenses.”

Carrie Evans of EQMD stated:

At Equality Maryland we have worked hard for years for just this day and you helped us get here. As we stand amidst the making of history we turn towards every person who voted for question 6 – for equality – for fairness – for families and we say “Thank You.”

We know there is still much work to be done to ensure that discrimination against people because of who they are or they love is a thing for the history books. We also know that Marylanders are ready for the challenge. We proved it on November 6th. We prove it by standing tall amidst the tides of change and by looking towards a future where our diversity is our greatest strength.

Thank you for continuing to stay for us and for Maryland,

Three states legalized same-sex marriage on Election Day this year and Minnesota fended off a bid to try and make marriage bigotry a part of their constitution. This was despite heavy campaigning from the anti-gay groups such as the National Organization for Marriage. The three victories put an end to the assertion that taking marriage bigotry to the voters will work.

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