Md. AG: State Can Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

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There's a new twist in the gay marriage battle in Maryland.

State law does not allow same sex couples to get married in the Old Line State. However, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the state's highest court could recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.

Gay rights advocates say the court's ruling, issued in a 45-page document, is a step in the right direction.

However, some lawmakers say his opinion undermines the Maryland General Assembly's authority. And one delegate wants the attorney general impeached.

"He stepped over the line," Delegate Don Dwyer said. "He's violated his authority, and as a result, he's going to face the consequences. Will I be successful in removing him? I don't know. That's up to the members of the assembly."

Gansler, however, argued that his actions were perfectly legal.

"It seems very clear to us that the law is actually quite unambiguous here, that Maryland always recognizes out of state valid marriages here in the state of Maryland and it's done so since the inception of the state," the attorney general said.

The National Organization for Marriage disagrees, saying the law clearly states only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in Maryland.

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