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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Supporters of same-sex marriage began running two television commercials in the Baltimore market this week. Each features a Baptist minister pointing out that the new Maryland law would not force churches to perform same-sex ceremonies. What the ads say: The Rev. Donte Hickman Sr. of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore speaks in one ad, while the other features the Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County. Both commercials are funded by Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
A gay couple from Ohio who were married in a medical jet on a tarmac at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport earlier this month are now suing the governor and other officials of their home state in a bid to have their marriage recognized there. James Obergefell and John Arthur made the trip to Maryland on July 11 because same-sex marriage is not legal in Ohio. They did so in the special jet because Arthur suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and can only travel under special medical conditions.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 31, 1998
Half of David Mills' "The Wedding Banned" is his enactment of an imaginary TV movie. But most of this one-man show -- `D receiving its East Coast premiere at the Theatre Project -- feels as superficial as a movie of the week and as silly as a sitcom.That's a problem for a show that deals with a serious subject -- marriage and the gay community.Extrapolating from his personal feelings about the wedding of Sharon, a heterosexual friend, Mills intercuts scenes from her wedding with scenes from the make-believe movie, which is called "The Wedding Banned" and is about a gay marriage.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The gay couples who've booked Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley for their weddings have appreciated not only good food and stylish events, but something less tangible. "They don't want to be with a caterer that is going to be judgmental," said Jonathan Soudry, Rouge chef and owner. "There is a lot of intimacy in the relationship between the caterer and the couple. " Soudry, whose business handles about 300 weddings a year, catered more than two dozen receptions for same-sex couples last year.
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Eduardo Garcia and Carlos Vargas, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
BOGOTA - Colombian lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a polarizing bill to allow same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation, as hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate for and against the measure. The bill was rejected by 51 out of 102 lawmakers in the Senate - with 17 in favor. The negative vote was widely expected, given that lawmakers from the ruling coalition had made an alliance to oppose the initiative. Several hundred people rallied in Bogota's main colonial square as lawmakers debated the proposal to allow people of the same sex to marry.
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By Alana Semuels and Alana Semuels,Los Angeles Times | June 14, 2008
Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages might give California just the financial boost it needs. Wedding planners, bakers and hotel representatives say they began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court's decision in May overturning a ban on gay marriage. Noting years of pent-up demand, a University of California, Los Angeles study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370 million shot in the arm to the state economy. Barring further legal intervention, gay couples will be able to start marrying at 5:01 p.m. Monday, when the Supreme Court's decision becomes final.
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February 18, 2011
A key senator announced his support for gay marriage legislation on Thursday, giving it enough votes to clear the upper chamber. The declaration by Sen. James C. Rosapepe came shortly after a Senate committee approved an amended version of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, setting up a debate in the full Senate next week. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the chamber could hold a final vote on the bill within the next 10 days. If the narrow majority holds together through what is expected to be a contentious floor debate — and the possibility of amendments — the legislation would move to the House of Delegates, where supporters believe it would pass.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The gay couples who've booked Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley for their weddings have appreciated not only good food and stylish events, but something less tangible. "They don't want to be with a caterer that is going to be judgmental," said Jonathan Soudry, Rouge chef and owner. "There is a lot of intimacy in the relationship between the caterer and the couple. " Soudry, whose business handles about 300 weddings a year, catered more than two dozen receptions for same-sex couples last year.
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By Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan | March 21, 2011
"What do we want? EQUAL RIGHTS! When do we want them? NOW!" Catchy — but it doesn't sound much like a wedding vow. When couples make that lifetime commitment to each other in front of friends and family on one of the biggest days of their lives, few of them cite the 1,138 federal rights they will gain by making the promise of marriage. And the words "tax benefits" rarely come up in the best man's toast. Yet "rights and benefits" are what the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT)
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged Friday to lead the charge next year for a law to recognize same-sex marriage in Maryland, saying he would include the effort among a "handful" of legislative priorities during the 2012 session. Supporters predicted that the Democratic governor's full backing could give the measure the push needed for passage. A same-sex marriage bill cleared the state Senate this year, but was pulled from the floor of the House of Delegates after vote-counters determined they were a few delegates shy of a majority.
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Eduardo Garcia and Carlos Vargas, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
BOGOTA - Colombian lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a polarizing bill to allow same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation, as hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate for and against the measure. The bill was rejected by 51 out of 102 lawmakers in the Senate - with 17 in favor. The negative vote was widely expected, given that lawmakers from the ruling coalition had made an alliance to oppose the initiative. Several hundred people rallied in Bogota's main colonial square as lawmakers debated the proposal to allow people of the same sex to marry.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Supporters of same-sex marriage began running two television commercials in the Baltimore market this week. Each features a Baptist minister pointing out that the new Maryland law would not force churches to perform same-sex ceremonies. What the ads say: The Rev. Donte Hickman Sr. of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore speaks in one ad, while the other features the Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County. Both commercials are funded by Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged Friday to lead the charge next year for a law to recognize same-sex marriage in Maryland, saying he would include the effort among a "handful" of legislative priorities during the 2012 session. Supporters predicted that the Democratic governor's full backing could give the measure the push needed for passage. A same-sex marriage bill cleared the state Senate this year, but was pulled from the floor of the House of Delegates after vote-counters determined they were a few delegates shy of a majority.
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By Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan | March 21, 2011
"What do we want? EQUAL RIGHTS! When do we want them? NOW!" Catchy — but it doesn't sound much like a wedding vow. When couples make that lifetime commitment to each other in front of friends and family on one of the biggest days of their lives, few of them cite the 1,138 federal rights they will gain by making the promise of marriage. And the words "tax benefits" rarely come up in the best man's toast. Yet "rights and benefits" are what the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT)
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February 18, 2011
A key senator announced his support for gay marriage legislation on Thursday, giving it enough votes to clear the upper chamber. The declaration by Sen. James C. Rosapepe came shortly after a Senate committee approved an amended version of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, setting up a debate in the full Senate next week. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the chamber could hold a final vote on the bill within the next 10 days. If the narrow majority holds together through what is expected to be a contentious floor debate — and the possibility of amendments — the legislation would move to the House of Delegates, where supporters believe it would pass.
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By Alana Semuels and Alana Semuels,Los Angeles Times | June 14, 2008
Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages might give California just the financial boost it needs. Wedding planners, bakers and hotel representatives say they began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court's decision in May overturning a ban on gay marriage. Noting years of pent-up demand, a University of California, Los Angeles study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370 million shot in the arm to the state economy. Barring further legal intervention, gay couples will be able to start marrying at 5:01 p.m. Monday, when the Supreme Court's decision becomes final.
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By Clarence Page | July 4, 2003
WASHINGTON - In his fuming dissent from the Supreme Court's historic decision in a Texas sodomy case, Justice Antonin Scalia says the next step is gay marriage. He does not make this prediction with a tone of delight. He also is not quite right. A lot more legal, political and cultural steps lie between here and where Justice Scalia fears that the high court's decision is taking us. A few days after the decision, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist hinted at the battle ahead when he declared his support for a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriages.
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By Lee Romney and Lee Romney,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 13, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that San Francisco's mayor overstepped his authority by issuing same-sex marriage licenses. By a 5-2 vote, the court also declared the more than 4,000 marriages of gay and lesbian couples that had been sanctioned by the city "void from their inception and a legal nullity." Opponents of gay marriage celebrated the opinion, which sharply rebuked Mayor Gavin Newsom's actions as "unauthorized and unlawful." State law requires marriage to be between "a man and a woman."
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