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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
A Pennsylvania judge ordered Thursday a suburban Philadelphia official to cease granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law. Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes started issuing same-sex marriage licenses nearly two months ago after announcing his belief that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. While Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini doesn't address the constitutionality of the state's marriage law, his decision acknowledges a federal lawsuit filed in July that challenges it. Instead, Pelligrini limits his scope to say that Hanes doesn't have the ability to declare a state law unconstitutional: When public official [sic]
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
A Pennsylvania judge ordered Thursday a suburban Philadelphia official to cease granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law. Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes started issuing same-sex marriage licenses nearly two months ago after announcing his belief that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. While Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini doesn't address the constitutionality of the state's marriage law, his decision acknowledges a federal lawsuit filed in July that challenges it. Instead, Pelligrini limits his scope to say that Hanes doesn't have the ability to declare a state law unconstitutional: When public official [sic]
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By LARRY CARSON | January 22, 2006
For the second consecutive year, Howard County legislators approved a bill to raise the fee for marriage licenses to generate $25,000 more a year for the Domestic Violence Center in Columbia, but not without partisan bickering. In a meeting Wednesday in Annapolis, the delegation also approved six state bond requests to help pay for park and recreation projects, expansion of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and to help improve a Living Farm Heritage Center in West Friendship. A bill that would authorize the county's first winery liquor license also was approved.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
Apparently, gay couples trying to tie the knot in Pennsylvania are just like 12-year-olds. Montgomery County in suburban Philadelphia has been providing same-sex marriage licenses since late July in defiance of a state law defining marriage as a union between man and woman. Pennsylvania attorneys filed a lawsuit to stop the county a week later, and recently, 32 married couples petitioned to intervene claiming the suit against the county could also invalidate their marriages. In response, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the state's legal team filed a brief saying that the couples' marriages have no "actual value or legitimacy" and used this example as proof: "Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?"
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 15, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court is considering whether to nullify more than 4,000 marriage licenses that San Francisco granted to gay couples this year. In an order issued yesterday, the state's highest court asked lawyers for the city, the state and anti-gay marriage groups to present written arguments on whether the court should declare the marriages valid or void if it rules that San Francisco exceeded its authority in marrying same-sex couples. The court is expected to decide within the next few months whether San Francisco flouted state law when it began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Feb. 12. The city stopped granting the licenses March 11 in response to a court order.
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September 30, 2001
Couples applying for marriage licenses in Anne Arundel County will be eligible for a discount starting tomorrow if they have received prenuptial counseling. Instead of paying $55 for a marriage license, couples who have received counseling will pay $47, said Robert P. Duckworth, clerk of the court. His office issues about 4,000 marriage licenses a year, he said. He said county courts process about 3,700 divorces a year, he said. "We're concerned that these marriages stay strong," said Duckworth.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 26, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO -- Justices of the California Supreme Court appeared torn yesterday about whether to invalidate more than 4,000 marriage licenses issued here to same-sex couples in February and March. But in their first public hearing on the matter since ordering a halt to the gay marriages on March 11, some of the seven justices hinted that Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco had overstepped his authority in directing the county clerk to issue the licenses. California state law defines marriage as between a man and woman, but Newsom argued that the law violates both the state and United States constitutions.
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By Lynn Marshall and Elizabeth Mehren and Lynn Marshall and Elizabeth Mehren,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 9, 2004
SEATTLE - Six same-sex couples filed suit against King County yesterday after being denied marriage licenses, and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels immediately pledged his support for such unions, ordering city departments to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian municipal workers who wed elsewhere. "We pay taxes in King County; we like living here," said Mala Nagarajan, 35, who joined the lawsuit with her partner of six years, Vega Subrananiam, 38. "We want our marriage to be recognized - to have the same legal protections and rights heterosexual couples have."
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December 5, 2012
Tomorrow, gay couples across Maryland can take the first step toward equal recognition of their relationships when county clerks of courts for the first time will be allowed to issue licenses for same-sex marriages. And we may get a hint of just how equal those marriages will be on Friday, when the Supreme Court is due again to debate which, if any, of several key lawsuits about the status of same-sex marriages under federal and constitutional law it will take up during this term. One of the compromises proponents of same-sex marriage struck in order to get enough votes in the House of Delegates was a provision that prevented the new law from taking effect before midnight Dec. 31. But that left some unanswered questions.
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November 29, 2012
Maryland courts can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting in December, as long as the effective date is Jan. 1, according to an opinion issued this afternoon by Attorney General Doug Gansler. The 19-page opinion will likely lead to a slew of New Year's Eve weddings in the Free State, as gay couples who've long waited for the law to change can finally marry at midnight. It has been clear that Maryland's new law legalizing same-sex marriage would take effect Jan. 1 if approved at referendum, but many believed the first licenses would be issued a few days later because of the New Year holiday and a mandatory 48-hour waiting period.
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By Louise Vest | May 16, 2013
100 Years Ago Sheep vs. dogs "It is reported that Mr. Harold Hopkins had a large number of sheep killed by dogs last Sunday morning.  "Wanted: A woman to cook, wash and clean, and remain at night, good wages. Mrs. James Steward. Hill St. Ellicott City.  "Wanted: Two good farm and garden hands $8.00 per week, good house. All year around employment. Apply to B.M. Baker, Ingleside" I wonder whether that $8 is for two farm workers or for one, probably for two, $8 and a house would most likely be too much of a windfall for one person.
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By Louise Vest | May 15, 2013
100 Years Ago Sheep vs. dogs "It is reported that Mr. Harold Hopkins had a large number of sheep killed by dogs last Sunday morning.  "Wanted: A woman to cook, wash and clean, and remain at night, good wages. Mrs. James Steward. Hill St. Ellicott City.  "Wanted: Two good farm and garden hands $8.00 per week, good house. All year around employment. Apply to B.M. Baker, Ingleside" I wonder whether that $8 is for two farm workers or for one, probably for two, $8 and a house would most likely be too much of a windfall for one person.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Even before pressing the elevator button to the sixth floor of the courthouse, Jessie Weber and Nancy Eddy were grinning so broadly that fellow passengers guessed their destination: the marriage license office. “I'll marry you today,” a Baltimore circuit judge happily told the two women, who were among the first same-sex couples to get a marriage license on Thursday, the first day they became available under a new Maryland law upheld by voters in November. Actually, same-sex couples have to wait until Jan. 1 to wed, when the law expanding marriage rights to gays and lesbians takes effect.
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December 5, 2012
Tomorrow, gay couples across Maryland can take the first step toward equal recognition of their relationships when county clerks of courts for the first time will be allowed to issue licenses for same-sex marriages. And we may get a hint of just how equal those marriages will be on Friday, when the Supreme Court is due again to debate which, if any, of several key lawsuits about the status of same-sex marriages under federal and constitutional law it will take up during this term. One of the compromises proponents of same-sex marriage struck in order to get enough votes in the House of Delegates was a provision that prevented the new law from taking effect before midnight Dec. 31. But that left some unanswered questions.
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November 29, 2012
Maryland courts can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting in December, as long as the effective date is Jan. 1, according to an opinion issued this afternoon by Attorney General Doug Gansler. The 19-page opinion will likely lead to a slew of New Year's Eve weddings in the Free State, as gay couples who've long waited for the law to change can finally marry at midnight. It has been clear that Maryland's new law legalizing same-sex marriage would take effect Jan. 1 if approved at referendum, but many believed the first licenses would be issued a few days later because of the New Year holiday and a mandatory 48-hour waiting period.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Marylanders made history Tuesday as they voted to make same-sex marriage legal - a question that had been defeated each of the 32 times it had been on the ballot in other states. "To Maryland's children - please know that you and your families matter to the people of our state," Gov. Martin O'Malley, who pushed for the law, said early Wednesday in a statement declaring victory. "Whether your parents happen to be gay or straight, Democratic, Republican or Independent, your families are equal before the eyes of the law. " The Free State joins six others and the District of Columbia, which have allowed same-sex marriage.
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March 27, 2005
THE QUESTION: How many marriage licenses are taken out in Anne Arundel County? And how many of them result in weddings performed by court clerks? THE ANSWER: Marriage licenses are issued by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. In 2004, the office issued 4,056 marriage licenses. Of those, clerks performed 1,224 weddings, according to the clerk's office. The weddings are done during business hours in the small chapel in the historic section of the courthouse. They are civil ceremonies, and they can be -- and have been -- personalized.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 26, 2004
BOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Justices of the peace in Massachusetts must perform same-sex marriages when they become legal in the state next month, state officials said yesterday, and they warned that those who refused could face discrimination lawsuits. "Your task is straightforward and can be summed up in three words: Follow the law," Daniel B. Winslow, chief legal counsel for Gov. Mitt Romney, told a meeting of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association at a hotel in this town 30 miles northwest of Boston.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
- In one corner, comedian Sandra Bernhard, wearing a sparkly black skirt, chatted with a longtime fan. In another, Broadway producer Paul Boskind made a pitch to Susan Sarandon. Somebody shouted that Josh Charles had just arrived. "This is a hip crowd, this is chic," said Richard Socarides, a lawyer and gay rights activist who did a stint in the Clinton White House. "This is a crowd for a movie premiere, not a ballot initiative in Maryland, of all places. " The occasion Thursday evening was a big-ticket fundraiser atop a SoHo hotel to support the campaign to uphold Maryland's same-sex marriage law, which goes to voters in November.
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August 24, 2012
Hearing some of the comments in the Chick-fil-A lines last week made me think, "Wow, these people must not have a single gay friend, relative or family member!" Why does religion often make people blind to basic humanity, kindness and empathy? Isn't a basic tenet of Christianity Jesus's Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you? I can't imagine Jesus would ever deny anyone equal rights. How do gay marriages threaten "traditional marriage"? Are we running out of marriage licenses?
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