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Step Forward for MD Same-Sex Marriage Foes



    Same-sex marriage opponents have taken a crucial step toward allowing Maryland voters to decide if the unions should be legal in the state. Maryland’s Board of Elections approved the language they’ll use when they collect signatures to bring the pending law to referendum.

    The Maryland Marriage Alliance and Republican Delegate Neil Parrott say they will work together to collect nearly 56,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot in November. Many of the signatures will come from online petitions.

    The anti-gay marriage alliance will discuss their plans Thursday, hours before Governor Martin O’Malley signs into law a bill that makes Maryland the eighth state in the country to recognize the controversial unions. Same-sex marriages are also legal in Washington, DC.

    Same-sex proponents say they will spend more than $500,000 to uphold the new law.