Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage

Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage - CNN.com:
Washington (CNN) -- Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.
As Maryland appears set to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage, it's worth remembering that no matter what the states do, there's still the Defense of Marriage Act hanging over the nation like a spectre. The federal government still denies spousal benefits to same-sex partners. And, recalcitrant states determined to enforce their magical fairy tale-based morality of bitter inequality on the rest of the nation, can ignore the same-sex marriages performed in pro-equality states as well as court orders regarding custody and alimony of those related to those marriages. Scalia may not like it, but the Equal Protection Clause should really protect all citizens, y'know, equally.

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