Gay marriage case in Md. court

State's highest court weighs right to wed

Judges ask few questions as scene outside is quiet

December 05, 2006|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter

The divisive national debate over same-sex marriage reached Maryland's highest court yesterday with pointed arguments confronting questions of civil rights and who is entitled to the legal rights and emotional benefits of marriage.

Attorneys for 19 gay and lesbian plaintiffs framed their argument before the Court of Appeals in classic civil-rights terms, saying Maryland's 33-year-old statute defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman infringes upon their clients' constitutional rights.

Marbella Plaintiffs' best point is their lives. PG 1B

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