Today was a big day for some same-sex couples in Maryland. The state attorney general’s office ruled last week that county clerks could issue post-dated marriage licenses as early as Thursday.
On Election Day last month, voters upheld the state’s same-sex marriage law, which legalized same-sex marriages in the state effective Jan. 1. But county clerks offices are closed New Year’s Day –and after you factor in Maryland’s two days waiting period for licenses to take effect—same sex couples wouldn’t technically be able to wed until Jan. 4.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s opinion leaves the option up to county clerks, and says they can issue marriage licenses starting today to go into effect on New Year’s Day.
Montgomery County and Baltimore city will both be allowing same-sex couples to obtain post-dates marriage licenses today.
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