Friday, January 20, 2006

Maryland judge rules in favor of gays seeking marriage

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According to an article published by the Washington Blade, a Maryland circuit court judge has today ruled that a 1973 Maryland law limiting marriage to unions of a man and woman only is unconstiutional. According to the article, Circuit Court Judge Brooke M. Murdock stated in her ruling:
"Family law 2-201 violates Article 46 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights because it discriminates, based on gender against a suspected class; and is not narrowly tailored to serve any compelling governmental interests."
The suit, Deane vs. Conaway, was file din July 2004 and brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of nine gay couples and one man whose partner had already passed away. Arguments in the case had been originally heard in August. Both sides in the case expect it to be appealed to the Maryland Court of Appeals. ====== YAY!!! Maryland might just find itself with marriage equality like Massachusetts!!! Watch out you radical, religious Right folks... equality is heading South! Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,