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8:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Virginia AG Sides With Challenge to State Gay Marriage Ban

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.

In an email to The Associated Press early Thursday, Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says the state will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down.

Kelly says the attorney general decided the ban was unconstitutional after a thorough legal review of the matter.

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8:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Symbolic Same-Sex Marriage Ordinance in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a strictly symbolic gesture, Charlottesville City Council members have given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that supports extending benefits to the spouses of married city employees - including those in same-sex relationships.

It's symbolic because it's contrary to Virginia state law and the state Constitution.

Two couples from the Shenandoah Valley filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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12:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Virginia's Same Sex Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk couple is challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.

Timothy B. Bostic and Tony C. London say in a federal lawsuit that they were turned down when they tried to obtain a marriage license at the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1.

Their lawsuit argues that Virginia's unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them equal protection and liberties guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

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12:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Faces Legal Challenge

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Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage will be challenged in federal court by the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

The state's voters approved a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that not only bans same-sex marriage but does not allow for recognition of same-sex marriages in other states.

There are now around a dozen such states.

The ACLU is joining the gay rights organization Lambda Legal Defense Fund to claim that the ban violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.

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12:28 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State Senator And Partner Become First Same-Sex Couple Married in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state senator and her partner have become the first same-sex couple to be legally wed in Delaware.

Sen. Karen Peterson and her longtime partner, Vikki Bandy, both 63, exchanged vows Monday morning, converting their civil union to marriage in a brief ceremony attended by about 35 friends and supporters.

Following the ceremony, other same-sex couples lined up to get their marriage licenses on the day Delaware's new same=sex marriage law took effect.

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8:42 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Delaware General Assembly Wraps Up Session With Major Legislation

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are bringing the gavel down on this year's legislative session, a session highlighted by gun control and gay marriage.

Lawmakers faced a relatively quiet final night Sunday, having earlier approved a $3.7 billion operating budget and a $477.8 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting Monday. 

Lawmakers spent Sunday night mostly addressing a series of also-ran measures left unresolved as they began their final working day.

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12:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Salisbury Mayor Praises Court Decision Striking Down Defense of Marriage Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the federal government cannot discriminate against married same-sex couples. On his way back from the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Mayor Jim Ireton told WSCL this decision was part of extending rights to all people.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush:

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9:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Maryland's Married Gay Couples Await High Court Decision

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Marylanders gave same sex couples to right to marry.

Now those same couples are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision that open the way to federal benefits.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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11:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Baltimore Mayor to Officiate Mass Same-Sex Weddings

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, which organizes the celebration, announced last week that Rawlings-Blake would serve as grand marshal for the event in recognition of her support of gay rights.

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9:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

MD Same-Sex Marriage Law Jeopardizes Domestic Partnerships

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The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland has one downside for same-sex partnerships.

No new domestic partners will be able to enroll for state health benefits beginning in July and no domestic partners will be covered.

Robin Sabatini with the Department of Budget and Management said that there are around 280 active and retired state workers who are covering a same-sex domestic partner.

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8:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Delaware Lawmaker Comes Out During Same Sex Marriage Debate

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Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out publicly on the Senate floor this week just before the vote that approved same-sex marriage.

And she said up to the last minute she wasn’t sure that she would do it.

Peterson told the Wilmington News Journal that family friends and colleague knew she was a lesbian but thought she would only do so if it added something to the debate.

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9:23 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Delaware Becomes 11th State to Allow Same Sex Marriage

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Delaware say they're looking forward to July 1, when Delaware officially becomes the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Advocates on Tuesday cheered Democratic Gov. Jack Markell as he signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate.

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9:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Bill Before Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee has sent a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure cleared the Senate executive committee Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

The bill narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote in the Senate.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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9:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Bill Up Before Delaware Senate Committee

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A state Senate committee is taking up a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The measure narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote if the Senate Executive Committee votes Wednesday to send it to the full Senate for consideration.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Passes Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has narrowly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The House voted 23-to-18 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, where it was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

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9:47 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Up Before Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House is poised to vote on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The bill is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday. It was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the House and then wins Senate approval.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages over the coming year.

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11:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Rallied in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of a bill legalizing gay marriage in Delaware are making their voices heard.

Hundreds of opponents of same-sex marriage gathered Thursday at Legislative Hall to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill.

The opposition rally came one day after the measure cleared a House committee and was sent to the full House, which is expected to vote next week.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

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12:53 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Inches Forward in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are set to begin consideration of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The legislation, which Gov. Jack Markell has pledged to sign if passed by lawmakers, was scheduled for discussion Wednesday in the House Administration Committee.

The measure comes a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

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11:20 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Same Sex Marriage: Implications of a Court Decision

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The US Supreme Court has finished the arguments from two major cases that could have sweeping ramifications for same-sex marriage advocates. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has reaction to the implications of a Court decision that is expected by the end of June.

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10:34 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Beau Biden Joins Legal Supreme Court Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general has joined 13 colleagues from other states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare a California ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Attorney General Beau Biden said Thursday that Delaware joined in a filing a brief with the Supreme Court siding with opponents of California's same-sex marriage ban.

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10:53 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Markell Emphasizes Education and Attacting Jobs

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says an increasingly competitive world presents new challenges for Delaware in attracting jobs and educating its children.


In his State of the State speech Thursday, Markell said the shaping of Delaware to meet the demands of the world we now live in begins in schools. He called for strengthening standards for entering the teaching profession, raising starting teacher pay, and improving pay for teachers in high-need schools and critical subjects.

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10:10 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Gay Couples Can Begin to Marry In Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Same-sex couples can begin getting marriage licenses in Maryland, though they won't go into effect until Jan. 1.


Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday is scheduled to sign the proclamation affirming that Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in a ballot question last month.


Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote in a legal opinion last week that the signature will officially enable couples to get a marriage license.

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3:03 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Gov. O'Malley Teams Up With Baltimore Ravens Player to Support Gay Marriage

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage.


The governor announced in an email on Wednesday that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland.


O'Malley and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

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3:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

MD Election: Two Ballot Campaigns Join Forces

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Supporters of same-sex marriage are teaming up with backers of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in hopes of building more support for two ballot questions in Maryland in November.


Equality Maryland, the state's gay and lesbian civil rights group, and CASA de Maryland, the state's largest Latino and immigrant rights organization, held a news conference in Hyattsville on Tuesday to announce the partnership.

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8:46 am
Wed August 8, 2012

A Maryland Kennedy Backs Gay Marriage Law

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Former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has joined backers of the same-sex marriage law that residents will be voting on this November.

Townsend is also the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy.

She told a news conference in Baltimore yesterday that her uncle President John F. Kennedy emphasized the separation of church and state.

Townsend, who comes from one of the most famous Catholic families in the nation, has joined fellow Catholic Governor Martin O’Malley who pushed for the same-sex marriage law this year.

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9:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Enough Signatures To Challenge Maryland Gay Marriage Law in November

  

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage law have delivered more than twice the number of signatures needed to put a referendum on the law on November's ballot.

Activists say they submitted 113,000 signatures on petitions on Tuesday - double the 55,736 needed to put the issue on the ballot.

The state has 20 days to verify signatures.

Maryland's law legalizing same-sex marriage does not go into effect until January, leaving time to put the measure on the ballot for voters to decide.

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1:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Opponents Predict Enough Signatures For Ballot in Maryland

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists say they'll deliver their first installment of signatures for a petition aimed at repealing the state's same-sex marriage law ahead of schedule.

Opponents must submit a third of the 55,736 signatures needed to petition a law to referendum - or 18,579 - by Thursday. But Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, says the group will deliver more than twice that on Tuesday.

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10:19 am
Fri May 11, 2012

How Will President's Remarks Impact Referendum on Gay Marriage in Maryland

 

With President Barak Obama endorsing gay marriage this week, voters in Maryland are assessing the impact on the vote in November on whether to legalize same sex marriage in the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, about her reaction to the president's remarks and their effect on the upcoming vote.  

 

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9:12 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates in Maryland Expose Opposition Tactics

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland gay marriage advocates are circulating a graphic via social media that they say exposes their opponents' strategies to overturn marriage laws.

     The graphic released Thursday afternoon responds to news that a Maine court released confidential memos of the National Organization Marriage. The memos outlined strategy to split the Democratic Party base by pitting blacks and Hispanics against gay-rights groups

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11:49 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley to Speak Out on Gay Marriage and Catholic Church

 

       BALTIMORE (AP) - Weeks after signing same-sex marriage into law,Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley will address a conference on Catholicism and gay rights.

     O'Malley, a Roman Catholic, is expected to speak about efforts in Maryland to provide equal protection under the law at New Ways Ministry's conference in Baltimore on Friday.

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