The leader of this movement of hatred and intolerance is Delegate Donald Dwyer of Anne Arundel County. This man has for some reason been re-elected to office and now the ONLY item he rallies for is to prevent ANY laws of equality for gay and lesbian citizens. I would love to know where this intense hatred of his comes from. I have a theory that he's a deeply closeted gay man - who uses his hatred to cover for him. This isn't so far-fetched. In fact, I believe it was the Governor of Washington State that did the very same thing until he was outed.
I urge anyone in Anne Arundel county to not vote for this hateful, nasty, vicious man again. I'm not alone in this opinion. When I spent several evenings last week emailing and calling offices of Maryland Senators and Delegates they shared the same sentiment. Many of the people in the offices agreed that Dwyer is the most hateful and disliked person in the entire state house. Fascinating how a hateful man continues to remain in politics.
So, although gay marriage isn't legal in Maryland, it is legal in various other places that don't have stupid people legislating.
Where is it legal? As of February 2011, same-sex marriages were granted in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., along with Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon. Same-sex marriage licenses were available in California between June 16, 2008, and November 4, 2008. It was passed in Maine before HATEFUL conservatives repealed it. Bastards.
States that recognize same-sex marriage but have not granted same-sex marriage licenses include New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland.
As of February 2011, 41 states expressly prohibit same-sex marriage; said prohibitions are contained either in state statutes or state constitutions.