Saturday, February 27, 2010

Maryland AG Predicts Court will Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

Hooray! A state senator asked the Maryland Attorney General whether Maryland could recognize same-sex marriages that are valid where they were performed. In a 53-page opinion, the AG predicted that Maryland courts are likely to recognize such marriages. Note, though, that the question was whether the state could recognize such marriages, not whether it must. Indeed, the AG found that there is no requirement that valid same-sex marriages be recognized, but no prohibition, either.

It's a long opinion and I've gotta be somewhere, so I admit I haven't read the whole thing. So here are a couple links for real people, like me, who have shorter attention spans than, uh, lawyers like me.

Washington Post editorial
Christian Science Monitor

By the way, I disagree with the implication of both articles that the AG said Maryland must or should recognize such marriages. I didn't read the whole thing, but I'm not convinced that these writers did, either.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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