Marriage Equality Signed into Law in MD, But Referendum May Ensue
Earlier this week, Governor O’Malley (D) of Maryland signed legislation enacting marriage equality. Over the course of the past month, the number of states that now allow for same-sex marriage – thanks to the Washington and Maryland state governments – has increased from six to eight (plus the District of Columbia).
However, due to a provision of the bill that prevents it from taking effect until January 2013 – ten months from now – marriage equality in Maryland may be tenuous. The window may provide opponents the time they need to get enough signatures to bring the issue to a referendum in November before marriages can begin.
Keep checking RACblog for more updates on marriage equality and the status of the new Maryland law.