Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year's Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year's Day.
Gay couples will be allowed to marry in Maryland starting Jan. 1, but as things stand now, they won’t be allowed to file joint tax returns. Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday that he is committed to changing that before income taxes are due for 2013.
With hugs and happy tears warming a normally bureaucratic transaction, gay couples flocked to courthouses to receive marriage licenses Thursday morning, the first day they were available after voters upheld Maryland's law allowing same-sex weddings in November.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and his wife are planning to welcome close to 200 supporters of same-sex marriage to the governor’s mansion Friday night to celebrate the arrival of gay nuptials in the Free State.