Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2013. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)


  • Maryland was the first state in the nation to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, expressly banning same-sex marriage, in 1973.
  • In the 1990’s the legislature failed to pass attempts to legalize marriage equality and attempts to ban it.
  • Marriage equality was ratified by both the MD legislature in February 2012, and by popular vote in November 2012.

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